Katonah Museum of Art

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October 23 – January 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 4-8PM

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, a unique exploration of Henri Matisse’s drawings by one of America’s greatest abstract artists, provides new insight into the French master’s work. For this special exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly surveyed Matisse’s drawings from 1900 through 1950, revealing Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman. Many of the 45 works on view, from quick sketches to highly detailed images, have rarely or never-before been exhibited. To accompany this display, Kelly selected work from his own large-scale Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964–66) for presentation in an adjacent gallery, illuminating both the sympathies and distinct differences between the two artists. The entire installation, including frame choice and placement of works, was conceived by Kelly, and this is among the last exhibitions on which he worked before his death (December 27, 2015). In his tribute to Kelly, Jerry Saltz described him as “the artist I now think of as the American Matisse.”


Related Programs:

Docent Tours
Tuesday - Sunday, 2:30PM
Free with admission

Discothèque Matisse: A Mid-Installation Sneak Peek Dance Party
Saturday, October 15, 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Pre-paid registration required: $105 members, $125 non-members.
Advanced ticket pricing available before October 1st.

1st Look/Members' Preview Opening Reception
Saturday, October 22, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
KMA Members and their guests only.

Seeking Henri: Matisse Through the Eyes of Ellsworth Kelly
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Pre-paid registration required: $20 members, $25 non-members, $15 students.

Draw the Line: Inspired by Henri Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly
Sundays: October 30 – November 13, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshops for ages 16 and above.
Pre-paid registration required: $40 members, $50 non-members.
Per class, discounts provided for multiple workshops.

Family Day: Follow the Line
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

School's Out/Art's In
Select school vacation days, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Drop-In
Drop-In: $5 member children, $8 non-member children.
Regular admission for adults.

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and
The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

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Support for this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is provided by Josh & Sara Slocum,

Ginny & Martin Gold, Rochelle & Mark Rosenberg, The Jerome Levy Foundation, Judith D. & Roger Widmann, 
The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Jon & Barbara Landau.