MoMA’s Overwhelming Henri Matisse Exhibition

by Rachel Baker on October 8, 2014

If you are in the New York area and looking for something to do, go check out the Museum of Modern Art’s Henri Matisse Exhibition, titled Hinri matisse: The Cut-Outs.

Below is a stunning review of the exhibit.

Do Not Miss MoMA’s Overwhelming Henri Matisse Exhibition.

Nothing readied me for the visual thunder, physical profundity, and oceanic joy of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MoMA. In The Cut-Outs, Matisse found the artistic estuary he’d always been looking for, a way to concretize and make physical the painted flat space of his own early 20th-century invention, Fauvism — color used to describe form, its fatness, fullness, and where it’s located in space, while being almost abstract, voluptuously colored, radically simplified, or elaborated. With The Cut-Outs, Matisse crosses a mystical bridge. One of the true inventors of Modernism, he stands at the precipice and points to a way beyond it, to a pre-digitalized space, where pixels and separate segments of color and line form images, where painting seems to exist even where there is no paint and no canvas. With The Cut-Outs, Matisse goes beyond the romantic notion of the self-mythologizing agonized male genius. With The Cut-Outs, all we see is the work; only process is present; process and something as close to pure beauty in all of Western art.

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