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Making the Cut

December 16, 2014
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
Any exhibition including the name Henri Matisse, undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded creative minds of the C.20th, is enough to render any art aficionado giddy with excitement. But what’s currently got New York City art-lovers abuzz aren’t his famous paintings and sculptures, but rather the decade’s worth of coloured paper collages found at the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art. Though they are lesser known, the cut-outs are beautiful in their own right – debilitated by stomach cancer in his final years, Matisse overcame his need to put brush to canvas by turning to scissors and sheets.

More than 100 pieces – sourced from both private and public collections – have been given a temporary home in the museum, adding vibrant splashes of colour to the Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery. Take your time to fully appreciate the maquette of the celebrated Nuit de Noël stained-glass window; the abstract, mounted-on-canvas composition Danseuse Créole; and the Les Mille et Une Nuits  mural narrative inspired by the Arabian Nights. And just as we expected, popular viewing times are flying fast, so be sure to book your timed tickets well in advance!

Until 8 February, 2015.

MoMA / 11 W 53rd St / Midtown Manhattan / +1 212 708 9400 / moma.org

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