Park West Gallery Presents Art Collection of Joan Miró

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Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites the public to enjoy the unconventional style of one of the most important contemporary artists of the twentieth century, Joan Miró.

Park West Gallery Artist Biography series invites the public to enjoy the unconventional style of one of the most important contemporary artists of the twentieth century, Joan Miró. With his own pictorial language of imagery, bright color applications and flattened picture planes, Miró's unique style made him a precursor for much of modern art and his works instantly recognizable.

"The only thing that interest me is the spirit itself… The only reason I abide by the rules of pictorial art is because they're essential for expressing what I feel, just as grammar is essential for expressing yourself… I'm only interested in anonymous art, the kind that springs from the collective unconscious," explained Miró.

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain on April 20, 1893, the son of a goldsmith and jewelry maker. He studied art at the Academia Gali and the Barcelona School of Fine Arts. Despite his initial job as an accountant and the urging of his parents against pursuing an art career, Miró was traveled to Paris in 1920 and entered the art world. There, he met Picasso and in 1924 aligned himself with the Surrealist movement and it's founder, Andre Breton, though Miro always strove to remain autonomous with his distinctive style. In 1947, he visited the United States and was the subject of many prestigious exhibitions. He returned to Majorca, Spain in 1956 where he would remain until his death on December 25, 1983.

"Little by little, I've reached the stage of using only a small number of forms and colors. It's not the first time that painting has been done with a very narrow range of colors. The frescoes of the tenth century are painted like this. For me, they are magnificent things. I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details. The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later."

Experimentation with various media including sculpture, ceramics, lithography, and etching, led to Miró's development of the innovative technique later named carborundum aquatint. His imagery developed from elements of his Catalan culture's folk art, the art of children, and randomness. Though Miró's artwork was "bohemian", his personal lifestyle, by contrast, was detail-oriented, meticulous and orderly.

Miró was the recipient of several awards including the Venice Biennale printmaking prize (1958), the Guggenheim International Award (1959), and King Juan Carlos of Spain bestowed him with the Gold Medal of Fine Arts (1980). Commissions include two large ceramic murals at the UNESCO buildings in Paris (1968); murals for Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1950, 1960); and a mural for the Guggenheim Museum, New York City (1967).

His artwork has been featured at museum exhibitions world-wide including retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1941); the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris (1962); and the Grand Palais, Paris (1974). A permanent collection is housed at his villa in Majorca which was transformed into the Miro Museum in 1992.

Park West Gallery of Michigan founded in 1969 are America's largest art dealer, selling more individual artworks than any other art dealer in the United States. Since 1980, the company has occupied its own 63,000 sq ft art gallery and in 2002, Park West built a 181,000 sq ft distribution center and gallery in Miami Lakes, Florida. Park West Gallery conducts auctions across North America in fine hotels and maintains an active catalog and internet sales business. Park West Gallery is also the largest art dealer conducting auctions at sea and currently conducts auctions on more than 60 ships for the following cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines; Celebrity Cruises Inc.; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; Royal Caribbean International; Windstar Cruises.

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