Miró’s huge fantasy Woman Addressing the Public dominates the east entrance of the Kimbell and is usually the first artwork a visitor sees upon arriving at the Museum. The artist first realized its design in 1971 as a twenty-inch plaster maquette. He planned to place the statue at the entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then in New York City’s Central Park or at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, but none of these projects materialized. It would be nearly a quarter of a century before his playful “monster” would finally have a place of honor outside an important museum, the Kimbell. The final work, cast in an edition of four when the artist was eighty-seven, weighs roughly three tons.
Caption: Joan Miró, Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, 1980–81, bronze. Kimbell Art Museum