Saturday July 31, 2010 - Kokyat and I went to MoMA for the Matisse exhibit entitled Radical Invention 1913 - 1917. Above photo, Matisse in 1913. The exhibit runs thru October 11th.
The exhibition may be viewed with time-specific tickets but since Kokyat's a MoMA member we simply breezed in. One can photograph in most galleries of the museum but not in special exhibits - but no matter: most of these Matisse works can be found in books and on-line. Of course it is wonderful to see them up close, full-scale and beautifully displayed.
LA DANSE (1909), probably Matisse's best-known work, is part of MoMA's permanent collection..
...as is his LARGE SEATED NUDE (1925-1929).
I was delighted to find Fernand Leger's BIG JULIE (1945). Leger was a friend of the Murphys and developed a special rapport with their son Patrick when the youth was fighting his losing battle against tuberculosis.
Among other works that caught my eye today were Ellsworth Kelly's 1959 RUNNING WHITE (above)...
...Roger de la Fresnaye's colour-rich CONQUEST OF THE AIR (1913)...
...and I SEE AGAIN IN MEMORY MY DEAR UDNIE by Francis Picabia (1914).
Wilhelm Lembruck's STANDING YOUTH dates from 1913 (above and immediately below).
While I was snapping away with my little Lumix, Kokyat was creating beautiful images with his Leica. I hope he will post some of them on Red Dot.