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The Pompidou Mobile: Picassos, Matisses and Calders – Oh My!

Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery strives to connect people with fine art and the artists who create it through our galleries in Michigan and Florida as well as on cruise ships internationally. Paris’ renowned Pompidou Center is embarking on a new venture with a similar mission, “…bringing art to the people to awaken their desire…”

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Art Under the Big Top: The Roving Pompidou
By JENNY BARCHFIELD • AP | November 5, 2009

PARIS — Forget the lions, tigers and bears. Paris’ Pompidou Center plans to fill a colorful circus big top with Picassos, Matisses and Calders instead, creating a roving museum to take its masterpieces of modern art to France’s culturally deprived rural regions and rough suburbs.

The so-called “Pompidou Mobile” aims to be just as avant-garde in its design as the original Pompidou Center — the audacious, tube-covered structure that houses the city’s premier contemporary art museum and caused a furor when it opened in 1977.

Only part of the necessary funding has been raised and no itinerary has yet been drawn up. Visiting the roving Pompidou will be free, and the project’s priorities are rural regions and the poor, crime-ridden suburbs that ring France’s cities but are often largely cut off from the cultural offerings there.

“It’s about bringing art to the people to awaken their desire to go toward the art,” the Pompidou’s president, Alain Seban, said in a statement. “It’s a sign of our openness.”

Architect Patrick Bouchain, whose firm specializes in circus tents and other collapsible structures, showed sketches of his design for the new Pompidou structure at a presentation Thursday: several triangle-shaped modules that can be fitted together to create different structures fitted to the different environments in which the museum will pitch its tent.

“It has to be adaptable anywhere, from a parking lot at a suburban shopping center to maybe a country lot or field,” Bouchain said.

Inside the high-tech canvas structure, solid glass and plastic encasements will protect the artwork from vandalism and theft and keep the temperature and humidity constant, Bouchain said.

The total cost of the 1,000-sq. meter (10,700-sq. foot) structure is estimated at euro3 million ($4.43 million) — of which euro500,000 has been pledged so far, Seban said. He’s looking for sponsors to fund the balance.

Provided they get the money, the mobile museum will hit the road starting at the end of next year, Seban said. The 10-15 works from the Pompidou’s extensive permanent collection that are likely to go on display include Pablo Picasso’s Femme en Bleu (Women in Blue), a 1944 post-Cubist painting in shades of indigo, and a primary-colored mobile by American artist Alexander Calder.

Henri Matisse’s 1941 painting Nature morte au magnolia (Magnolia Still Life) — among the French artist’s personal favorites — could rub proverbial shoulders with America, America, a 1964 neon sculpture of fingers snapping, by Martial Raysse.

The artwork on display will change as the museum moves across the country, with exhibits loosely focused around broad themes like primary colors and black and white, the human body, and the energy of the city, said curator Emma Lavigne.

Three three-month-long stints will be organized per year, with regional governments footing the bill for the museum’s operating costs, Seban said.

[Source: AP]


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Matisse as Printmaker at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Henri Matisse is an artist of classical greatness and one of the strongest influences on the art of the 20th century. The Park West Gallery Collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing fine art by masters including Henri Matisse. Browse the Park West Gallery – Matisse Collection >>

Henri Matisse. The Blue Eyes, 1935. ©2009 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive exhibition on the printmaking of the great French artist Henri Matisse. Matisse as Printmaker features approximately 170 works of art spanning 50 years of Matisse’s career. More than 150 prints, as well as a selection of related paintings, sculpture, drawings, and books are included, providing compelling evidence of the important role printmaking played in the evolution of Matisse’s visual ideas.

Matisse as Printmaker loosely follows the chronology of Matisse’s career, from the artist’s earliest print in 1900 to the last in 1951. Examples of every printmaking technique used by Matisse — etchings, monotypes, lithographs, linocuts, aquatints, drypoints, woodcuts, and color prints — are included. Almost all of the prints involve serial imagery with the artist showing the development of a reclining or seated pose, the integration of models within interiors, the study of facial expressions, and the transformation of a subject from a straight representation to something more abstract or developed.

Illustrated books such as Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé (c. 1932), Pasiphaé (1944), and Jazz (1947) demonstrate Matisse’s brilliant innovations in the presentation of serial imagery. The artist’s brief experimentation with color printmaking is represented with three impressions of the color aquatint Marie-José en robe jaune (1950) and a print titled La Dance (1935), which captures the composition of his first version of the mural intended for Albert Barnes. Though most of the exhibitions and research to date have focused on Matisse’s painting and sculpture, the rich variety of media and subject matter in Matisse as Printmaker significantly advance the scholarship and public awareness of this understudied aspect of Matisse’s oeuvre. These works are rarely on view to the public due to their sensitivity to light.

Matisse as Printmaker is now on view through Jan. 3, 2010

For more information, please visit www.artbma.org


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Matisse and Rodin Tete-a-Tete in Paris

Henri Matisse is an artist of classical greatness and one of the strongest influences on the art of the 20th century. The Park West Gallery Collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing fine art by masters including Henri Matisse. Browse the Park West Gallery – Matisse Collection >>

D78_1_57PARIS — The Rodin Museum is staging a face-to-face encounter between two outstanding creative artists who were only a generation apart, Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin. Rodin was the dominant figure in the sculpture of the period while Matisse, Rodin’s contemporary for the first seventeen years of the 20th century, introduced revolutionary changes in its painting. The story of the encounters and relations between these two major artists is one that has remained unexplored until now.

When the two artists met for the first time, in 1899, Matisse was thirty years old and Rodin sixty. Matisse & Rodin will put forward some fresh thinking on what Matisse, the master of Fauvism, made of Rodin, on what his works can tell us about the affinities, correspondences or differences between the two artists.

On show to the public will be a wide-ranging selection of Matisse’s sculpture, an aspect of his work to which no specific exhibition has been devoted since 1975. By selecting certain specific works and using a thematic approach, Matisse & Rodin sets out to show both points of convergence and divergence in the sculptural and graphic work of the two masters. It aims to explore Matisse’s sculpture and drawings and, from the perspective of Matisse’s art, to see Rodin in a new light.

Matisse & Rodin is now on view through February 28, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.musee-rodin.fr/expomatissee.html

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Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris

For over 40 years, Park West Gallery has been a reliable resource for the artworks of Modern Masters, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Park West recently launched a microsite dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his artwork –  visit picasso.parkwestgallery.com to learn more.

Henri Matisse. Lorette (detail). 1917. Photograph by K. Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts © 2008 Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA — Works by the leading masters of modern art are on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in the exhibition, Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris. The show is part of a statewide tour that marks the first time since the late 1940s that selections from the collection of T. Catesby Jones (1880–1946) — a prominent collector from Virginia — will be reunited. More than 50 works gifted by T. Catesby Jones to the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum will be included.

Among the works displayed will be Pablo Picasso’s Woman with Kerchief (1906), Henri Matisse’s portrait of Lorette (1917), and a Cubist collage by Juan Gris. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson, and Georges Rouault.

The display encompasses many of the key artists, innovative styles, and central themes that emerged and developed during a crucial period in the history of modern art. The exhibition tells the story of new modernist movements before and during World War I, cubism, surrealism, and the transformative World War II period when many of the best-known French modernists fled Paris for New York.

Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris is currently on view until November 29, 2009


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Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman On View at the Museo Picasso

Pablo Picasso. Woman. 1961. © Museo Picasso Málaga.MALAGA, SPAIN — The Museo Picasso Málaga presents the exhibition, Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman. The Collection in Context. The sheet-metal sculpture, Woman (1961), donated by Christine Ruiz-Picasso, is the highlight of this exhibition, bringing together some 40 works produced by Pablo Picasso at different moments of his life. It includes the paper cut-outs he made as a child, his Cubist constructions, and paintings and sculptures from his later years.

Alongside paintings and drawings from different periods, Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman. The Collection in Context also includes three major sculptures by Julio González and a magical decoupage by Henri Matisse, which allow the viewer to examine the artistic exchange that took place between the three great artists.

With this selection of works, the exhibition examines a lengthy creative process that culminated in a new and unique kind of sculpture towards the end of Picasso’s artistic career.

Woman, the fascinating piece that is at the center of this exhibition, is a sheet-metal sculpture produced in 1961. It is constructed of three distinct panels, folded and painted white, and is based on a paper cut-out model that Picasso made in January of the same year. The work belongs to the group of over a hundred sculptures that Pablo Picasso produced between 1961 and 1962, and with which he ended his revolutionary and innovative career as a sculptor.

Picasso’s Late Sculpture: Woman. The Collection in Context is currently on view until August 30, 2009.

[Source: Museo Picasso Málaga]


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Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera

André Derain. Portrait of Henri Matisse. circa 1905. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera. The winding stretch of Mediterranean coastline extending from Marseilles to Menton — known as the French Riviera — has inspired numerous artists since becoming a tourist resort in the 1860s.

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) moved there in 1917, attracted by the area’s scenic beauty and radiant light. Matisse settled in Nice, the center of artistic and intellectual life in the south of France, until the end of his life. What is referred to as his “Nice period” consists primarily of the works he completed in the 1920s, when he painted richly decorated hotel interiors, suffused with light and inhabited by languorous odalisques.

The dazzling optical effects of the sun-drenched coastline encouraged other artists — such as Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), Raoul Dufy (1877–1953), and Chaim Soutine (1894–1943) — to move there in search of light and color. Including 42 paintings and sculptures from the Museum’s collection and local private collections, this installation celebrates the French Riviera’s mythic allure for modern artists.

Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera is on currently on view now until October 25, 2009.

[Source: philamuseum.org]


“Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera” highlights artists whose quest for light and color brought them to the Mediterranean coastline. What locales do you find most inspiring?

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BBC1 Announces Modern Masters Arts Series

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Modern Masters, four-part peaktime arts documentary series for BBC1, to consider Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Warhol

UNITED KINGDOM / July 9, 2009 — BBC1 is to launch a new peaktime arts documentary series looking at the impact of four major artists on the world.

Modern Masters, which will feature Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Warhol, was confirmed by BBC1 controller Jay Hunt at the unveiling of the channel’s autumn season launch today, although it is not due to air until next year.

The four-part series, for which a presenter has yet to be named, will look in depth at each artist and “explore why these modern masters deserve their fame and how their legacy continues to pervade our culture and everyday lives.”

The first episode will profile Pablo Picasso, from his early career in Spain and Paris and his first figurative works through to the birth of cubism and his influence on architecture and fashion. Episode two will feature Salvador Dali and the birth of surrealism, while Henri Matisse will appear in the third. The final film looks at Andy Warhol, moving through his most memorable images and looking at their current appeal and impact on the world of advertising and media.

“This bold new series looks at how the work of four iconic artists has influenced our lives,” said Hunt, who commissioned the show. “It tackles why modern art matters and I am thrilled to have such an ambitious piece on BBC1.”

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Henri Matisse Exhibit Opens in Spain

Excerpted from ArtDaily.org

MADRID, SPAIN — From June 9, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting the exhibition Matisse: 1917-1941, comprising a survey of the artist’s work during the central period of his career. The exhibition’s curator has selected 74 paintings, sculptures and drawings, most of which have never been previously exhibited in Spain, loaned from about fifty museums and collections world-wide.

Matisse: 1917-1941 aims to analyse Matisse’s work over a lengthy period that has until now been of less scholarly interest than the start and end of his career. It proposes to establish the keys to this period in the light of the artistic climate in which the artist was working. Marked by the shadow of World War I and the forebodings of the next world war, for modern art this was a period of rapid ascent and growing public acceptance. Together with Picasso, Matisse occupied a central role in this flourishing period and it was precisely in order to attain this position that he decided to move away from Paris, isolate himself in Nice, and submerge himself in a systematic process of research of the characteristics of the new painting…Read the Full Article

Henri Matisse, Odalisque with a Turkish Chair, 1927-28. Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Henri Matisse, Odalisque with a Turkish Chair, 1927-28. Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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