HOW TO SEE | Joan Miró

As an artist obsessed with vision and “the eye of the picture that looks at us,” Joan Miró is a perfect subject for our series “How to See.” Here, on the occasion of the exhibition “Joan Miró: Birth of the World,” curator Anne Umland and the artist’s grandson, Joan Punyet Miró, examine the ways in which Miro worked to achieve a heightened state of awareness in which to paint. Hear about the monsters of the subconscious, the way that history guides the moral imperatives of his art, and why he loved New York City.

Joan Miró : Birth of the World, organized by Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator, with Laura Braverman, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, is on view through June 15.

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