Thursday, May 20, 2010


One of the most exciting parts of the MOMA show "Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937" that was up a couple of years ago was a big gallery full of collages he made as studies for paintings, and then the paintings that resulted.

For example, the collage above turned into this painting:

It was so exciting to see these next to each other! Miro claimed "I want to assassinate painting" and he actually meant it. He was not applying for a grant. He was not writing a cover letter. He wanted to assassinate painting.

I've been reading Paul Klee's Pedagolgical Sketchbook this morning. It is full of beautiful drawings, diagrams, and statements. I've been thinking about daybooks, journals, studies for larger works. Is that what blogs are? Do we have other, private places where we plan our poems, where we arrange images and study figures?

Here is an amazing section from Pedagolgical Sketchbook. (Click it to make it larger!)

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