I managed to catch the Joan Miro exhibit called "The Birth of the World" at MOMA last week. I love the inventiveness, playfulness, depth, and sheer beauty of so much of his work. In fact, as noted in my last entry, I recently completed a painting inspired by Miro that is currently at the Spring Juried Show at the Rowayton Art Center. Among my favorite pieces at MOMA are the eponymous work, "Painting," "Mural Painting," "Still Life With Old Shoe," and "The Family." I like the fact that he wanted surrealism to "take on" or compete with Cubism for international prominence. I don't know who "won," but I appreciate and enjoy both. This is the first time I have been able to see, in the same gallery, the model/target image, an early sketch of his surrealistic adaptation of it, and the finished painting. Seeing this project from start to finish was quite instructive. I wonder if there were additional stages that have not been retained.