Child’s Play

MIRÓ, A FAITHFUL SOLDIER of Modernism, was a lucky man: he lived at a time when freedom and chance were revered. At his best, in his great pieces of 1919–23—Self-Portrait, Nude with Mirror, The Farm—he went beyond naive charm into the hyperreal, the psychedelic. His strength was marrying ornament and narrative content; his weakness was that like so many others he ultimately fell back into Modernism’s kindergarten.

Milan Kunc is an artist who lives in New York.

Translated from the German by Joachim Neugroschel.

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