Outrageousness in bronze…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for droplets of dollars landing on supine fat crocodiles, their bellies glinting in the silver moonlight.

Ah, what a very nice and aesthetically stimulating day out it was! Oh, and no, that’s not me lolling on that low wall – this is just a photo I took of some chap soaking up some sunlight in the middle of Northern England on a surprisingly warm day in March.
Yes, a couple of days ago, a friend of mine took me in her nice car to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, to have a look at a big exhibition of the work of the great Catalan surrealist Joan Miro. (1893 – 1983)
The show was brilliant! I loved it!
In my ignorance (I was never very keen on the history side of things when I was at art college) I didn’t even know that Miro did sculpture.
There were big bronze pieces, you can see a nice one in the picture above, smaller ones too, plenty of stunning, big, brightly coloured lithographs and etchings, notebooks, sketch books, maquettes, and a 65 minute video from the BBC showing him working and chatting to his pal, British surrealist Roland Penrose in 1978.
It was the great big bronzes (some over eight feet tall) that got me though – I smiled a lot, and occasionally laughed out loud at them. They are warm, human, scary, funny, and breathtakingly beautiful… Am I going over the top? Yes… but I don’t care!
After soaking up all of good old Joan’s stuff we wandered around the rest the park and looked at some Henry Moores and some Barbara Hepworths. I like Henry’s and Barbara’s sculpture, but I’m sorry to say that after spending an hour or two with Joan’s outrageous and sparkling pieces, theirs just seemed a bit ‘wooden’ and lacking something. Sorry Henry and Babs!…
I’ll see if I can find a couple more pictures Joan’s stuff for you:
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About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Outrageousness in bronze…

  1. Bretton Park eh? Know it well. I have a picture of some of those wooden, or stony Hepworths kicking around somewhere which I may scan in for my every pic blog. Babs went to my school. You didn’t need to know that. Nor do you need to know that I knew Miro did sculpture too despite not going to art college. On reflection, I’m wondering how many artists didn’t do a bit of sculptural fiddling?? Even if they never admitted it. Do you need to confess to sculpting too?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      I suppose artists do such a variety of different things in their lives that there isn’t room for it all in the half-page they end up getting in the ‘coffee table’ text books. I do lots of different things and call them art,(including this blog) but I don’t think I’ll be getting even a line in any text book. Oh, what a wasted life!…

  2. Thanks for your post. I can’t think of many better places to visit in the hols than YSP.

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