Karen K. Butler

  • July 28, 2020

    “Matisse, comme un roman”

    Curated by Aurélie Verdier

    In honor of the 150th anniversary of Matisse’s birth, the Centre Pompidou will examine the breadth of the artist’s work from a novel perspective: the written word. Such an approach is apt for an artist who, in working across varied media, always engaged with creation syntactically, deploying elements like color, shape, and volume in linguistic terms. Arranged chronologically, each of the exhibition’s nine sections is organized around a different author’s insights into Matisse’s practice—including Louis Aragon, Georges Duthuit, Dominique Fourcade, Clement Greenberg, and

  • “Georges Braque (1882–1963)”

    At the start of the last century, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso overturned the history of Western representation, sweeping away centuries of three-dimensional mimetic painting with a new pictorial language of faceted objects and anti-illusionistic space. Yet Braque, with his slow, systematic attention to the tactile nature of things, has been remembered by history as second-in-command to his more extroverted and nimble collaborator in the invention of Cubism. The Grand Palais’s retrospective—the first significant showing of the artist’s work in Paris since the