Paris via New York, Matisse and Hemingway at Morgan Library

From regular contributor Betty Guernsey:

A doubleheader at the Morgan Library and Museum, Madison Avenue at 36th Street!

The first, “Ernest Hemingway Between Two Wars” chronicles the writer’s literary output and correspondence from his earliest short stories on. Of course, Hemingway had much history with Paris – he lived there as an expatriate from 1922-1928 (arriving with letters of introduction to Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Sylvia Beach, owner of the legendary bookshop Shakespeare and Company). Several years later he followed the American Army across France and through Normandy to the Liberation of Paris in 1944, as war correspondent for Collier’s magazine.

The second exhibition, the luscious “Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts”, highlights many of the 50 books the artist illustrated during the course of his prolific career, including not only his colorful cut paper “Jazz”, “Circus” and “Verve”, but also many of his deceptively simple black-and-white lithographs, linocuts, and line drawings, often produced in collaboration with well-known French writers and poets such as Paul Reverdy.

Merci, Betty!

Paris via New York, Cubism and Matisse


From frequent contributor, Betty Guernsey:

Two knockout highlights of the current museum season – at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection”, honoring Lauder’s gift to the Met of his stunning collection of works from the Cubist periods of Picasso, Braque, Leger, Juan Gris and others (roughly speaking, the dynamic years between 1910-1925 that propelled art into Modernism); this show runs from October 20 through the holiday season to February 16.

A few blocks south, the Museum of Modern Art’s “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs”, yet another feast for the eyes, celebrates the artist’s playful experiments in color and cut paper — created mostly during the late 1940’s – when in his later years the great artist traded his brushes for scissors and turned out stunning masterpieces; this show runs through February 8, 2015.

Merci, Betty!

Have you seen either of these shows? What did you think?

Paris Museum Update

louvre_titianChange is in the air as Paris museums open new expos – and a few favorites close for renovation.

New shows:
LouvreTitian, Tintoretto, and Veronese – Rivals in Renaissance. The presence of these great artists in Venice 1540-1590 stimulated new ideas and techniques. Gorgeous only begins to describe the works. Sept 17-Jan 10, 2010.

Grand PalaisRenoir in the 20th Century. One hundred paintings, drawings and sculptures shed light on this crucial yet little-known period during Renoir’s career – and explore his influence on Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Maillol. Sept 23-Jan 4, 2010.

Musée de la Musique – After two years of renovation, the museum is open, and better than ever. They have completely revised the presentation of the permanent collection; added a new area dedicated to the 20th century; doubled the space for world music; added more sound samples to accompany displays, mostly recorded on instruments from the collections.

Musée RodinMatisse & Rodin. The expo compares the sculptural and graphic works of the two artists, who met when Matisse was 30 years old and Rodin 60. This is the first show to focus on Matisse’s sculpture since 1975. Oct 23-Feb 28, 2010.

Musée du LuxembourgLouis Comfort Tiffany: Colors and Light. 160 works reveal Tiffany’s contribution to the glass industry and to decorative arts in general.  Visitors will regale in vases, lamps, jewels, drawings, watercolors and photographs, and four stained glass windows that were specially dismounted, studied, restored and transported from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – a technical and logistical feat. Sept 16-Jan 17, 2010.

Musée Picasso will be closed for renovations until 2012.

The Catacombs, recently vandalized, have been closed until further notice.