18 Montrose Voice/May 21,1982
'Miro in America' at the Museum of Fine Arts
By Ed Martinez
Miro in America, the first major exhibition fully documenting Spanish artist
Joan Miro's extensive impact on American art, is on view at the Museum of Fine
Arts until June 27.
Sponsored by Texas Commerce Banc-
shares, Inc., United Energy Resources,
Inc. and Gerald D. Hines Interests, the
exhibition coincides with the dedication of
Personage and Birds, a 55-foot public
sculpture by Miro to be installed in the
new United Energy Plaza in downtown
The sculpture, already downtown, has
created much controversy, and interest
among the viewing public. This exhibition, funded by Houston corporados in
celebration of their monumental public
sculpture, is one of the largest corporate
gifts to the arts in the history of Houston.
The exhibit was organized by consulting curator Barbara Rose, assisted by
associate curator Judith McCandless, and
features not only the works of Miro, but
also the works .of major American artists
whose work was profoundly influenced By
Miro—artists such as Alexander Calder,
Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock.
This exhibit is the first major exhibition
to fully document Miro's extensive impact
on modern American art It contains
approximately 100 paintings with additional sculpture, ceramics and works on
paper which span Miro's career. The
thrust of the present exhibit is that influence that Miro's career. The thrust of the
present exhibit is that ofthe influence that
Miro has exerted on American artists.
Considered one ofthe most influential of
the Surrealists during the '20s and '30s,
Miro has influenced nearly all post-World
War II American abstract artists and has
been a special source of inspiration for the
New York School of Abstract Expressionism.
Miro was not especially popular in
Paris, where he spent so much time and
worked so long. It was primarily in America that he found particular favor, and it is
in America that he continues to be such a
creative force. Now, of course, his reputation is firmly established internationally,
but he continues to feel a particular fondness for this country that first recognized
Miro has expressed himself strongly in
interviews as displeased with seeing his
work being used as "international bank
notes." "My art is for the people—it is for
everybody," states Miro. Which is why,
obviously, he has been so interested in the
monumental sculptures he has done, such
as the one recently unveiled here in Houston. • *
Miro's style is as difficult to describe as
his genius is to be contained in mere
words. Only the work itself can do justice
to his vision of reality, the vivid colors, the
whimsy and humor inherent in all his
work combine with that distinctive style
that cries out Miro! His work is seldom
confused with other artists, and that in
itself is a mark of genius, a clearly recognizable and highly individual style signature.
A number of lectures on Miro's work will
be available to the public during the exhibition, which will be seen only in Houston.
Houston is indeed fortunate to have this
once in a lifetime opportunity, one that
should not be missed.
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"Personage and Birds," see in the
United Energy Plaza in downtown