Moons, stars, birds, figures and a million other elements invade the work of Joan Miró. The artist brings together varying colours, textures, materials, forms, techniques and media to express his inner world and the world around him; like a wizard, Miró takes the most basic of elements and transforms them into magical potions.
When we learn how to read, letters, words and figures come to form part of a marvellous multifarious universe that is open and free of all prejudice. Using the language of art, ABC Miró introduces us to this stimulating learning stage. Letters and words are presented and represented using an infinite variety of registers, techniques and emotions from Miró’s universe, giving us the opportunity to discover the creative power of a linguistic and visual dialogue with the world.
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Figures and Moons...
... stars, birds, and a million other objects pervade the work of Joan Miró. The artist combined
colours, textures, media, forms, techniques and formats to represent both his inner world and the world around him; he was a wizard who transformed basic forms into magic potions.
The idea for this book arose from a desire to bring art to curious hands itching to touch everything, to discover the world, to put a name to things and draw them. Learning to read and write is part of our process of learning and augmenting reality via our imaginations. But learning also takes place when we shape things, when we imagine them from different perspectives, when we realise that a single image is not worth one, but a thousand words, and that images are also created from each individual's experience. Representing the world, observing it with curious eyes, capturing the myriad of registers which modulate forms, mixing outer reality with emotions, taking that same moon we see every night and drawing it time and time again – all of these acts are the acts of the artist, acts which Joan Miró delighted in throughout his long career. And this too is what children love to do in their constant learning and their inherent desire to discover: they need to investigate the objects around them, imagine scenes, draw that one idea over and over again, an idea which develops over time to explain their perception and representation of their changing world – a world that lies somewhere between the real and imaginary. If Picasso said every child is an artist and that the real problem was how to continue being an artist when one grows up, then perhaps we should take down the barriers that separate the artist's world from the world of the child, as both realms share processes, successes and the desire to discover new things. We all need to continue being artists, to foster the investigative and enterprising spirit of our childhood; to allow our creativity, imagination and sense of wonder to continue being the main forces in our lives; to build our knowledge of the artistic heritage offered by our museums and incorporate it into our imagination; to encourage that desire to decode the meanings and emotions of the work of Miró; to establish an inner dialogue with a work of art; to come to the realisation that our world can be explained or understood from different points of view and from our subjective experience; to fearlessly experience the techniques employed by artists, giving new forms to ideas and feelings, and that the many artistic languages serve as tools in our quest for personal expression and a greater understanding of the world.
ABC Miró is for all those who are interested in and curious about art and reading, heritage and culture, imagination and creation. This book is for people who, in some form or another, continue looking at the world with the eyes of an artist when they grow up.
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