Neither artist is best known for his printmaking. Calder is remembered for his mobile and stabile sculptures and Miró for his paintings. However, the selection of multiples on offer at the Bermondsey gallery offer original yet affordable pieces to tempt buyers – all are under £2000 and many are under £1000.
Simpatico showcases the large unsigned editions of lithographs, both artworks and show posters, that each artist produced through the Maeght Gallery in Paris.
As well as demonstrating each artist’s print output, the show also highlights the similarities in their aesthetics. Though very different in some ways – Calder’s work was more abstract and Miró’s more surreal – both were interested in ideas of geometry, depth and symbolism. Lifelong friends, the pair spent much of their careers in the same Parisian circles and exhibiting at the same galleries.
The show is a chance to compare their works in person at the gallery, which is now open to visitors. The entire show and exhibition catalogue may also be viewed on the website.