= The Crawford Arts Review

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Until Friday 12 February

The chance of looking round an artist's *dream* studio is hard to resist. Joan Miró had his built in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca by his architect friend and Catalan compatriot J.L. Sert.

Fast-forward 60 years and you will find that the enterprising Barcelona-based Galeria Mayoral has built a near-replica in London. Creatively shoehorned into a hired room in Mayfair, it is a surprisingly good fit.

It also makes a beautiful setting for these bright, often surprising works in that they offer new insight into Miró's creative oeuvre.

There are 25 paintings on paper, card and canvas (see pic 1).

Among them lie the tools of the artist's trade: paints, brushes and easels. 

Miró was also an avid collector of found objects (see pic 2) as well as the Catalan siurell, the finger-pinched and brightly painted clay whistle.

As his Mallorca studio gradually filled with these colourful works and objects, Miró himself said of it that it resembled an indoor garden. For grey-hued London at the start of the year, it is a particularly apt metaphor (see pic 3).

More of the artist's archive can be found downstairs, including video footage filmed inside his Mallorcan studio with Miro himself (he lived to be 90) as our guide.

Not all the works on show are for sale - but the ones that are can be expected to be museum quality.


Miró's Studio
Galeria Mayoral
6 Duke Street St James's
London SW1
Open Mon-Fri 10-6

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