THE NEW DATE FOR THIS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED EVENT is FRI FEB 22
While Part 1 had to be cancelled, Part 2 should breeze right along! Time for another two-part theme! In the recent past, we've partnered visits to Trinity and Grace churches and to the homes of onetime partners then bitter foes, Frick and Carnegie. This time, we'll be looking at two titans of 20th-century art who were friends but also rivals, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, by taking advantage of two major exhibitions, one of Picasso at the Guggenheim, and the other of Matisse at the Met Museum.
Let's visit the Met Museum for the second installment of our two-parter, "Matisse: In Search of True Painting".
Note: You do NOT have to rsvp for both events. Each is its own event in its own right.
Here's an excerpt from the website: "Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the twentieth century.... Unbeknownst to many, painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work. He used his completed canvases as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects, gauge his progress, and, as he put it, "push further and deeper into true painting." While this manner of working with pairs, trios, and series is certainly not unique to Matisse, his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next is striking. Matisse: In Search of True Painting presents this particular aspect of Matisse's painting process by showcasing forty-nine vibrantly colored canvases. For Matisse, the process of creation was not simply a means to an end but a dimension of his art that was as important as the finished canvas." The emphasis on "vibrantly colored canvases" in this show should be a good foil to the black-and-whites of the Picasso show!
How to meet us: I'll be sitting on the lobby benches near the entrance to the Greco-Roman wing on the first floor of The Met, holding my hand-scrawled MEETUP sign. Please meet us by 7pm. If you're late, ask a guard to direct you to the Matisse exhibit.
Admission: There is a suggested admission of $20 to enter the Met itself, but it is actually pay-what-you-will. That means pay what you want at the door, but you must pay something. We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.