Sunday, September 5, 2010

Brooklyn Rail Interview with John Elderfield

The Brooklyn Rail: Rail publisher, Phong Bui, interviews John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, the Museum of Modern Art, about MoMA's exhibition, Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913 - 1917.  Here's a taste:
...This was essentially Matisse’s invention: a process of observing his own intuitive reactions to what he had done, then often reworking the whole painting at the next stage. This amendatory process became, of course, the very method of making modern paintings—including, of course, paintings that look nothing like Matisse’s—although we see less of it now.

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