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DATE 7/30/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/29/2015

Kissing Cousins: 'No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989'

DATE 7/29/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/28/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/26/2015

Thomas Campbell: Seeing Fatima's Eyes

DATE 7/25/2015

Robert Seydel: A Picture Is Always a Book

DATE 7/24/2015

Modern Taste

DATE 7/23/2015

Modern Taste

DATE 7/22/2015

ARTBOOK @ Swiss Institute Presents Semiotext(e)

DATE 7/22/2015

Modern Taste: Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935

DATE 7/21/2015

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DATE 7/21/2015

Modern Taste

DATE 7/20/2015

Modern Taste: Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935

DATE 7/20/2015

High Design

DATE 7/19/2015

An Uncommon Archive

DATE 7/19/2015

This Week: Visit David Zwirner Books' Pop-Up Store

DATE 7/18/2015

An Uncommon Archive

DATE 7/17/2015

Agnes Martin: Who's Afraid of Triangles?

DATE 7/17/2015

Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter at Queens Museum

DATE 7/16/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/16/2015

'Joni Sternbach: Surf Site Tin Type' Book Launch

DATE 7/15/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/14/2015

Agnes Martin Excerpt: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

DATE 7/14/2015

Agnes Martin: "Untitled" (2002)

DATE 7/13/2015

Squares!

DATE 7/13/2015

Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell on Agnes Martin

DATE 7/13/2015

Agnes Martin: "Gratitude" (2001)

DATE 7/12/2015

Daniel King: Ukraine Youth Book Launch

DATE 7/12/2015

Sally Mann: Immediate Family

DATE 7/11/2015

Photobook Classics

DATE 7/11/2015

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DATE 7/10/2015

Sally Mann: Immediate Family

DATE 7/9/2015

Joseph Szabo: Rolling Stones Fans

DATE 7/9/2015

The Future of the Skyscraper by SOM

DATE 7/8/2015

What Nerve! at Matthew Marks

DATE 7/8/2015

Art Green: "Disclosing Enclosure" (1968)

DATE 7/7/2015

Matthew Marks Book Launch: The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-69

DATE 7/7/2015

What Nerve!

DATE 7/6/2015

The Strand Presents Joseph Szabo & Vince Aletti on 'Rolling Stones Fans'

DATE 7/6/2015

Jim Nutt: "Her Face Fits" (1968)

DATE 7/4/2015

The Open Road

DATE 7/3/2015

What Nerve!

DATE 7/1/2015

Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family

DATE 7/1/2015

Jens Hoffmann Book Launch at Swiss Institute

DATE 6/29/2015

No Problem

DATE 6/29/2015

Gillian Laub: Southern Rites

DATE 6/29/2015

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, Panel 14 ("injustice in the courts"), 1941

DATE 6/29/2015

Black and White

DATE 6/27/2015

Ed Templeton: "Girls in Traditional Mexican Dresses, Olvera Street" (2004)

DATE 6/27/2015

Thomas Campbell: Seeing Fatima's Eyes

DATE 6/26/2015

The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln


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The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/30/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

"Bather" (1909) is reproduced from The Oasis of Matisse, published to accompany the largest exhibition of Matisse's work ever staged in the Netherlands. Curator Beatrix Ruf writes, "In the spirit of Cézanne, [Matisse] used variations in thickness and other irregularities of line 
to prevent… shapes from looking unrealistically clear-cut… In the works that followed 'Bather,' Matisse applied the principle of the simplification of line and the coincidence of form and color ever more rigorously. The question he was exploring was how to leave the means to speak for themselves, so that an earthly paradise could be evoked with a minimum of details. He continued to pursue the idea of relaxed figures in pattern-like arrangements: his ideal of a modern, stylish way of painting proved to be best satisfied by the combination of an idyllic scene with a two-dimensional, decorative composition. It was a combination that would serve him well for the rest of his life."

The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/29/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

In 1905, Henri Matisse traveled with his wife and daughter to Collioure, France, so that he could paint in the southern light. Alongside his friend and sole visitor, the painter André Derain, he worked non-stop to develop a new language of painting. "The luminous landscapes and portraits that Matisse and Derain produced in Collioure were to be a succès de scandale at that year’s Salon d’Automne and would earn the two artists a new nickname: the 'Fauves' ('wild beasts')," Beatrix Ruf writes in Koenig Books' excellent new survey, The Oasis of Matisse. "They began their quest for a new way of painting by using color planes to create maximum intensity and hence an emotional response or 'sensation' – the term used by Matisse 
– unconnected with the subject of the picture. They abandoned traditional perspective and expressed light by juxtaposing areas of bright color. 
In Matisse’s 1905 portrait of Derain, the sensation of sunlight on the subject’s face is created by a combination of lively, non-naturalistic colors on one side and a large, brightly colored shadow on the other… Matisse saw the young Derain as a liberator from tradition and convention, and expresses this view in this portrait by the use of bright colors and flowing brushstrokes."

The Oasis of Matisse

DATE 7/28/2015

The Oasis of Matisse

"The successive flights of doves, their orbits, their curves glide into me as if in a great interior space. You cannot imagine how much, in this period of paper cutouts, this sensation of flight that comes over me helps me better to adjust my hand as it guides the path of my scissors. It is quite difficult to explain. I would say it is a sort of graphic, linear equivalent of the sensation of flight. There is also the issue of vibrating space. To give life to a brushstroke, a line, to make a form exist, that is not something achieved in conventional academies, but beyond, in nature, in the penetrating observation of the things that surround us. A tiny detail can show us a grand mechanism, an essential cog of life." White Alga on Red and Green Background (1947) and the above quotation from a conversation between Matisse and writer André Verdet, are reproduced from Koenig Books' new release The Oasis of Matisse, published to accompany the exhibition currently on view at the Stedelijk Museum.

DATE 7/24/2015

Modern Taste

DATE 7/23/2015

Modern Taste

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Modern Taste

DATE 7/19/2015

An Uncommon Archive

DATE 7/18/2015

An Uncommon Archive

DATE 7/16/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/15/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/14/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/13/2015

Agnes Martin

DATE 7/8/2015

What Nerve!

DATE 7/7/2015

What Nerve!

DATE 7/6/2015

What Nerve!

DATE 7/4/2015

The Open Road

DATE 6/29/2015

No Problem

DATE 6/27/2015

Both Sides of Sunset

DATE 6/24/2015

Drawing People

DATE 6/24/2015

Drawing People

DATE 6/21/2015

Ed Ruscha

DATE 6/21/2015

Victor Moscoso

DATE 6/18/2015

Both Sides of Sunset

DATE 6/13/2015

Niki de Saint Phalle

DATE 6/12/2015

Niki de Saint Phalle

DATE 6/11/2015

Niki de Saint Phalle



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