ARTery: Matisse In Black And White

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"The drawings of Henri Matisse must surely be among the most beautiful objects made by any human hand in the 20th century — or come to think of it, ever." This is how Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee opens his review in The Boston Globe of a new exhibit of Matisse drawings at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley. It's the focus of this week's ARTery segment, where we talk to artists, critics and curators about what's exciting them in the local arts scene.


Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Boston Globe. He tweets @SebastianSmee.


The Boston Globe: Mount Holyoke’s Matisse Exhibition Draws Ellsworth Kelly

  • "Matisse’s characteristic line, at once classically concise and dreamily unmoored, has in that sense become a cliché, part of the visual air that we breathe. And, in fact, in other ways, too, Matisse’s drawings are just like air. They expand and contract. They have areas of high and low pressure. The heat they give off shifts from zone to zone. And they have a quality that is at once manifold (full of variety and particularity) and indivisible."

This article was originally published on September 11, 2014.

This segment aired on September 11, 2014.


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