On View

‘Matisse: In Search of True Painting’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'The Large Blue Dress' (1937) by Matisse. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum)

Henri Matisse was a nostalgist as much as he was an innovator. A painter who remained figurative in the face of abstraction and colorful in spite of Cubism’s monochrome palette, he primarily worked in oil on canvas despite the radical material innovations of Dadaism, and throughout his career he remained committed to traditional genres like the portrait and the still life. This exhibition, which curator Rebecca Rabinow has packed with 49 paintings that Matisse made in pairs or trios between 1899-1948, shows that he clung to more than just artistic tradition—he often painted and repainted the same theme in multiple styles, sometimes halting work on one painting only to continue on another, and preserving much of his own process along the way. Read More

Performance

Met Unveils 2012-13 Talks and Performances, With DJ Spooky as Artist in Residence

DJ Spooky. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

At a press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today, Limor Tomer, the museum’s concerts and lectures general manager, unveiled her plans for the 2012-13 season, which include performances by Patti Smith, the Endellion String Quartet (which will present Beethoven’s string quartets over a series of eight events) and Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. In addition, Paul D. Miller, a k a DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, will serve as an artist-in-residence from October, 2012, through June, 2013. Read More