The exhibition includes imagery ranging from Matisse’s early panoramic marine views in the South of France to his late paper cutouts, representing life beneath the waves, which were inspired by his visit to Tahiti in 1930. It offers an opportunity to explore the artist’s travels throughout his career as well as the global influences that informed his art, particularly African sculptures and masks.
Matisse and the Sea will include a wide range of works in many forms of media, including paintings, sculptures, paper cutouts, drawings, prints, ceramics, and textiles. It will be accompanied by a scholarly exhibition catalogue.
This SLAM-organized exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Edward L. Bakewell Jr. Endowment for Special Exhibitions. In-kind support is provided by Christie’s. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Produced with the support of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME).