Summer Show 2022 | Joan Miró
BY Helen Smith ON August 10, 2022 IN Gallery Blog
As leading specialists in Modern & Contemporary prints, multiples and works on paper, we have chosen to showcase in Shapero Modern’s Summer Show some of the greatest examples of printmaking from these periods. Throughout the year, the gallery runs a programme of selling exhibitions, including collaborations with living artists as well as masters of 20th-century post-war prints, as can be seen in our 2022 Summer Show. Running until the end of August, all works in the Summer Show are available to buy from our website as well as direct from our gallery on Maddox Street.
The Summer Show features examples from two highly sought-after series by the 20th-century Spanish Master, Joan Miró. Expressing the playful and vibrant quality of Miró's work, ‘Ubu aux Baléares’, a series of 23 lithographs created in 1971, uses minimal detail and shape in a delicate balance of color and line. Ubu is the central character in Alfred Jarry’s play ‘Ubu Roi’, a comedy saturated with obscenity and unruliness first performed in 1896. Miró highlights Ubu’s vulgarity and farcical qualities in his use of bold lines and primary colours that carry childlike qualities.
Published in 1961, Joan Miró’s suite ‘Album 19’ is a celebration of the themes attributed to the earlier ‘organic-abstract’ movement of the 1930s, in which Miró played a leading role in its establishment, along with his fellow Surrealists. Miró’s work is in many ways outwith traditional artistic styles; he mastered the artistic rules established by his own imagination. Although these works from ‘Album 19’ appear to be non-figurative, viewers can find similarities between the mysterious forms and animals or objects, some shapes do possess anthropomorphic qualities.
View our available Joan Miró artworks online now, or contact our specialists if you are looking for a specific title.
‘A form gives me an idea, this idea evokes another form, and everything culminates in figures, animals, and things I had no way of foreseeing in advance’
– Joan Miró.
Shapero Modern specialises in Modern & Contemporary prints, multiples and works on paper, with a particular focus on American 20th-century art, all of which are available to buy from our website as well as our gallery on Maddox Street in Mayfair.
The gallery runs a programme of selling exhibitions from both primary and secondary market artists, with six exhibitions per year, including collaborations with contemporary living artists as well as masters of 20th-century post-war editions including Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Claes Oldenburg, Alex Katz, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.
Shapero Modern exhibits at major international Art Fairs worldwide, including TEFAF Maastricht, Frieze Masters, Masterpiece London, Art Miami, the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair and the London Original Print Fair at Somerset House. Meantime, Tabitha and her team are on hand at Shapero Modern’s Mayfair gallery in the heart of London to advise on all aspects of the art market and collecting.