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Spanish painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) never committed himself to the Surrealist movement, but was a member of a branch of the movement that prompted psychic automatism--a method of creating without conscious forethought. Like other Surrealists, Miró was interested in the art of the untutored, such as children and the insane, admiring their freedom and exuberance. Using this spontaneous method, Miró created semi-abstract paintings, murals and sculptures that often evoke an idyllic Mediterranean world, teeming with strange life forms (see "Cahiers d'Art, 1934," pictured above). Carrboro's Animation and Fine Art Galleries is showing a selection of original works for sale by this great 20th century artist in their exhibition Miró--Master of Balance, through May 25. Call 968-8008 or visit www.animationandfineart.com for details.

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