1st LOOK/Members Preview: Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation CollectionOpening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 4:00 - 8:00PM4:00 - 6:00 PM: Curator's Circle Membership and Above (1st LOOK)
6:00 - 8:00 PM: All KMA Membership Levels + Guests
This exclusive event for KMA members and sponsors will celebrate the Katonah Museum of Art's presentation of Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection and the installation of Mark di Suvero's Monumental Sculptures.
The exhibition of Matisse drawings curated by Ellsworth Kelly surveys Henri Matisse's drawing from 1900-1950, revealing the artist's process as well as his masterful use of line. Matisse drew constantly throughout his life and his direct, elegant sketches have become a hallmark of twentieth-century art. In addition to the Matisse drawings on view, Ellsworth Kelly's selection of nine works from his own Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964-66) is included in a separate display. They are part of Kelly's first lithographic suite of plant drawings and reflect the artist's time in southern France during 1964 and 1965. Kelly's images, like Matisse's, seem effortless, yet are the result of acute study and practice.
Since the 1950s Mark di Suvero has transformed industrial materials such as wood timbers, tires, and scrap metal to create works that dynamize their setting. Visitors will find the space of the KMA’s South Lawn activated with Yoga (1991) and the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden with Rust Angel (1995), works that exemplify di Suvero’s ability to imbue familiar sites with an original energy.
Together these two exhibitions make up our Fall in Line motif exploring the elegance and complexities of line on paper and in space, highlighting the power of this deceptively simple artistic gesture.
Curator's Talk and Walkthrough at 5:00 PM and Docent Tour at 6:30 PM.
Please RSVP by October 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 232-9555 ext. 0.
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.
Support for this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is provided by Sara & Joshua Slocum, Ginny & Martin Gold, Rochelle & Mark Rosenberg, The Jerome Levy Foundation, Judith D. & Roger Widmann, The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Jon & Barbara Landau.
Support for Mark di Suvero at the Katonah Museum of Art is provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in honor of Charles Bergman's many years of counsel and service. Additional Support for this exhibition is provided by Jon & Nancy Bauer, Victoria & Stephen Morris, the Donna & Marvin Schwartz Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, and the Ohnell Family Foundation. Special thanks to Elizabeth & Samuel Sachs for their support and collaboration.