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A cut above the rest
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Out at NYC's MoMA
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs was the most popular exhibit in the Tate Modern’s history — the London show received 562,622 visitors — and it’s now at NYC’s MoMA until February 8, 2015. The deceptively simple, coloured-paper cut-outs were made between 1937 and 1954 when the French artist turned almost exclusively to painted sheets as his primary medium and a big pair of scissors as his chief implement. Matisse would cut the paper into different shapes and sizes — from the vegetal to the abstract — and then arrange them into fun compositions. Eventually they evolved into mural and room-sized works. The centerpiece of the MoMA show is The Swimming Pool, the only cut-out ever created for a specific room: Matisse’s dining room in his apartment in Nice, France. The MoMA acquired the piece in 1975; it’ll be joined by 100 other cut-outs making this exhibit the most extensive such show of its kind. Timed tickets: adults US$25, students US$14, kids under 16 free. tel: (212) 708-9400; moma.org.
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