Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection October 23, 2016 – 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.”
OnSite Katonah July 10 - October 2, 2016
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OnSite Katonah presents experimental, site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s distinctive landscape, architecture, and history. With projects boldly immersive and keenly subtle, artists investigate and reimagine every facet of the KMA’s location. Installations occupy the light-filled Sally and Volney Righter and Mary L. Beitzel Galleries; the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden, with its towering Norwegian spruce trees; and the sloping greens of the Front and South lawns. These artistic interventions into our site transform the Museum’s physical space—which so deeply impacts the KMA’s institutional identity— into a platform for creative experimentation.
Artists include Grimanesa Amoros, Amy Brener, MaDora Frey, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Caitlin Masley, Caleb Nussear, Jason Peters, and Rachel Mica Weiss.
Caitlin Masley, Neo-habitat (after the modernists) in-progress installation view, 2016, Acrylic, pigment and spray paints, silver leafing and whiteout pens, and foam core, Beatrice Coleman Hall, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by Margaret Fox Photography.
Victoria Fu, EggJuly 10 – October 2
Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Fu employs analogue and digital techniques to explore the impact of virtual aesthetics on the everyday human experience. While Fu typically works in film, light-projection, and photography, for the KMA she will create a site-specific building wrap, covering the Museum's front façade with one of her enigmatic, unexpected images. Fu's work was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and she is a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Egg will mark the artist's first solo project on such a monumental scale.
The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature
March 6 - June 19, 2016
In a provocative display that incorporates contemporary art, relics from the natural world, and items of material culture, The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature, examines the exquisite beauty and profound symbolism of the nest in art and culture. Drawing its inspiration from the extraordinary form of the bird’s nest, the exhibition examines how the fundamental drive to gather, assemble, and create is a function of both nature and the artistic process. The Nest includes a blend of authentic nests, works by eighteen contemporary artists, and a selection of feathered pre-Columbian textiles, offering a rare opportunity to consider the creative impulse from multiple vantage points.
In a diverse range of mediums, the work of the artists in the exhibition spans from direct consideration of birds and their nests to those treating the nest’s symbolic potential. They examine the life of birds and grapple with our changing environment, while exploring the nest as metaphor of home, birth, economy, and the human body. Next to these contemporary works appears a selection of pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles. Adorned with hundreds to tens of thousands of brightly colored feathers, their artistry confirms that birds have served as a source of inspiration for makers since ancient times. Birds’ nests from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History collection also populate the galleries, a selection from one of the most extensive and significant collections in North America. The affinities in aesthetic language between the birds’ and artists’ creations provoke inquiries into the definition of art as they blur the traditional division between art object and the everyday natural environment.
Artists in the exhibition include Sharon Beals, Sanford Biggers, Dove Bradshaw, Björn Braun, John Burtle, Walton Ford, Shiela Hale, Fiona Hall, Porky Hefer, Nina Katchadourian, Louise Lawler, Judy Pfaff, James Prosek, Hunt Slonem, Kiki Smith, Andreas Sterzing, Paul Villinski, and David Wojnarowicz.
The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature provides an unexpected lens through which to observe the fascinating parallels between human and animal behavior, raising timely questions about the survival of the birds and their habitats in our increasingly fragile ecological world.
Young Artists 2016
February 7 - 21, 2016
The 33rd annual Young Artists exhibition—a two-week exhibition featuring more than 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties.
The Young Artists program allows for aspiring artists to participate in all aspects of a museum exhibition, producing, curating, and mounting their own exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art.
Family and friends will have an opportunity to view the students' artwork created in response to the KMA exhibition SupraEnvironmental, which closed at the end of January.
During the week, students will be reading the poems they wrote as part of the Thinking Through Art program, an innovative partnership between the museum and schools from the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and beyond. Like the artwork on view, the poetry is also inspired by the artwork of the seven contemporary artists featured in SupraEnvironmental.
Readings include a brief reception as well as another opportunity to view the students' artworks.