London shines in wintertime. It’s for the sun of Palma de Maiorca painted in the works of Joan Miró and for the brillant colours of Californian artist John Baldessari hung up the walls of Marian Goodman Gallery. After many retrospectives and exhibitions – like the ones at Tate Modern, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Biennale of Venice – Marian Goodman Gallery is going to present his artist’s second major exhibition in London: John Baldessari, Miró and Life in General.
Protagonists are text and photo-text paintings from 60’s. They are the result of more than Baldessari’s fifty-years career, trying to deduce new canons of expression, new meanings of art history, popular music, film noir.
“The current series, Miró and Life in General, continues this investigation into the history of painting. […] Each pairing is further partnered with a word – ‘Reliable’, ‘Necessary’, ‘True’, ‘Unfailing’ etc. – each a synonym of the other. Neither the original root word, nor the specific Miró painting are revealed, asking viewers to respond in their own way and to create their own new composite meaning”, the gallery explains.
The solar investigation of Joan Miró (Barcelona, 20 April 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, 25 December 1983) is reinterpreted into new works by Baldessari’s own investigation where the question of the very nature of the artist’s place reveals a new canon of art history itself.
A new language and a new kind of art that will be on sale at pop-up store inside the Gallery from February 18 to February 25, 2017.
The shop will have for sale a number of editioned prints, objects, t-shirts and other ephemera created by the artist, as well as a comprehensive collection of monographs about Baldessari, including the first three volumes of his catalogue raisonne.
JOHN BALDESSARI. MIRÓ AND LIFE IN GENERAL
EHIBITION: January 10 – February 25, 2017
POP UP STORE: from February 18 to February 25, 2017.
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY
5–8 LOWER JOHN STREET LONDON W1F 9DY
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