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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs



Samantha Friedman, Flavia Frigeri, Markus Gross, et al.
Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, Jodi Hauptman, eds.
MoMa New York, 2014
SKU S00521

Published in conjunction with the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the paper cut-outs Henri Matisse made from the early 1940s until his death in 1954, this paperback edition presents approximately 150 works in a groundbreaking reassessment of the artist's colorful and innovative final chapter. The result of new research by conservators and curators, the catalogue explores a host of technical and conceptual issues: the artist's methods and materials and the role and function of the works in his practice; their economy of means and exploitation of decorative strategies; their environmental aspects; and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately made permanent, a transformation accomplished by mounting and framing. Richly illustrated to present the cut-outs in all of their vibrancy and luminosity, the book includes an introduction and a conservation essay that consider the cut-outs from new theoretical and technical perspectives, and five thematic essays, each focusing on a different moment in the development of the cut-out practice, that provide a chronicle of this radical medium's unfolding. Period photographs show the works in progress in Matisse's studio.

PB / 9 x 10.5 in. / 300 pgs / 314 color / English


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