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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
Exhibition Catalogue Award 2015
- Edited by Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, Jodi Hauptman, and Nicholas Serota. Contributions by Samantha Friedman, Flavia Frigeri, Markus Gross, and Stephan Lohrengel
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (The Museum of Modern Art) published in association with Thames & Hudson on the occasion of the exhibition held at The Museum of Modern Art, has been awarded the 2015 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award, which recognizes an outstanding exhibition catalogue that makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of modern art or modernism.
Published in conjunction with the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs, made from the early 1940s until the artist’s death in 1954, this publication presents approximately 150 works in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colorful and innovative final chapter. The result of research conducted on two fronts–conservation and curatorial–the catalogue offers a reconsideration of the cut-outs by exploring a host of technical and conceptual issues: the artist’s methods and materials and the role and function of the works in his practice; their economy of means and exploitation of decorative strategies; their environmental aspects; and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately made permanent, a transformation accomplished via mounting and framing. Richly illustrated to present the cut-outs in all of their vibrancy and luminosity, the book includes an introduction and a conservation essay that consider the cut-outs from new theoretical and technical perspectives, and five thematic essays, each focusing on a different moment in the development of the cut-out practice, that provide a chronicle of this radical medium’s unfolding, and period photographs that show the works in process in Matisse’s studio.