In 2014, The Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern will present the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, a groundbreaking reassessment of this important body of work. From about 1940, Matisse used scissors and painted paper as his primary medium, infusing contour with sculptural form, giving painted sheets the luminosity of stained glass, and, through color, evoking the convulsive surface of water or the lushness of vegetation. The result – a brilliant final chapter in his long career – reflects both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness freshly directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these. Organized at MoMA by Jodi Hauptman, Curator, and Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, and at Tate Modern by Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, and Nicholas Cullinan, formerly Curator of International Modern Art (now Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), this exhibition will include approximately 100 works, primarily the artist’s paper cut-outs, along with a small selection of drawings and archival material. The last exhibition of this scale devoted to this topic took place over three decades ago.
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