Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

November 18, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection showcases the master draftsmanship of two of the most significant artists of the twentieth century: Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). Curated by Kelly in 2014, the exhibition speaks to his admiration for Matisse, as well as to the centrality of drawing in both artists’ practices. To accompany the forty-five rarely exhibited works by Matisse made in the first half of the 20th century, which reveal his process and range of creativity as a draftsman, Kelly selected nine of his own lithographic drawings that derive from his time in France during the 1960s, when the American artist studied Matisse’s sketches and studies of nature and human figures. Together, the works by Matisse and Kelly form a thought-provoking, visually striking artistic dialogue, allowing viewers to experience one artist through the eyes of another and to immerse themselves in the pleasures of close looking.
                                                                                                                                                                        
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.

This 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.
 

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. 

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the Department of the History of Art.

Images

Henri Matisse, Head of a woman, n.d., ink on paper, 18 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. © 2017 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Henri Matisse, Sketch for the painting “Lemons and Mimosas on a Black Background”,
1944, ink on paper, 12 5/8 X 16 5/8 in. © 2017 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Henri Matisse, Head of a woman, n.d., ink on paper, 18 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. © 2017 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Ellsworth Kelly, Catalpa Leaf (Feuille),1965-66, lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 35 3/8 x 24 5/8 in. Collection of the artist

Ellsworth Kelly, Lemon (Citron), 1965-66, lithograph in black ink on handmade Arches paper, 35 1/4 x 24 in. Collection of the artist

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatNov 18
Exhibition Opens
Sun
Dec 10
2017
In Conversation: The Lure of Line
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Dec 17
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Fri
Jan 12
2018
Seeking Henri: Matisse Through the Eyes of Ellsworth Kelly
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sat
Jan 13
2018
Family Art Studio: The Line Comes Alive
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jan 13
2018
Family Art Studio: The Line Comes Alive
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Jan 14
2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Thu
Feb 1
2018
SMTD@UMMA: Inexact Observations
7:00pm8:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Performing Arts
Sun
Feb 4
2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Feb 18
2018
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunFeb 18
Exhibition Closes