previews

  • Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I (Aurore), circa 1907-1908, bronze.

    “Matisse: Painter as Sculptor”

    Baltimore Museum of Art
    10 Art Museum Drive
    October 7, 2007–January 13, 2008

    Dallas Museum of Art
    1717 North Harwood
    January 21–April 29, 2007

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    June 10–September 2, 2007

    Curated by Jay Fisher, Dorothy Kosinski, and Steven Nash

    The sculpture of Henri Matisse has not been subject to a full-scale US exhibition since the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth staged a major survey in 1984. But now, this show—curated by Jay Fisher, Dorothy Kosinski, and Steven Nash and co-organized by the DMA, the Nasher, and the Baltimore Museum of Art—will explore the symbiosis between Matisse’s sculpture and painting. Dozens of his paintings and drawings accompany more than forty sculptures, including the four bronze “Backs” (1909–30). Works by Auguste Rodin and others add context. Computer-generated models reveal intimate details of technique, and the catalogue includes recent conservation research. Much has changed since 1984. Expect a cogent, much-needed reassessment. Travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 10–Sept. 2; Baltimore Museum of Art, Oct. 7, 2007–Jan. 13, 2008.