MoMA’s Matisse Cut Out Exhibition
…or you know you’re a knitter when you see knitting pattern possibilities when looking at one of art’s great masters.
ES was in town for Thanksgiving and took me to the MoMA’s Exhibition of Matisse Cut Outs as a birthday gift. It was a perfect gift – getting to spend time with my son, going into the city, and going to the MoMA. (Then, of course, I took him to lunch [at Momofuku Ma Peche, which we spontaneously selected due to proximity to the museum] which we both enjoyed before heading back home.)
Matisse started doing cut outs from paper when he was putting together designs for his works. It seems simple enough, I’m sure many of us have done it. When I first walked into the exhibition, I thought, well, this is interesting but is it really art? The exhibit also displayed quotes that some people weren’t sure of it either.
But then as his work and the exhibition continued, you can see it evolving from simple paper cutouts to his thought processes…
and in some cases, they had the final result – the actual artwork (like a lovely stained glass window) next to its respective cut outs (not pictured in this post).
You know when some people just have a knack for composition and colors, they make it look so easy. That’s what this exhibit was about. I love colors and loved the way Matisse placed the shapes together. But this exhibit also shows that he worked at it. Played around with the composition and juxtaposition of the shapes.
My son and I discussed how revolutionary these designs were in Matisse’s era. It may now be deemed more commonplace, though still appreciated (Marimekko and Kaffe Fassett came readily to mind) – which is amazing that we’re seeing its origins!
If you are a fiber enthusiast – knitter, crocheter, spinner, embroiderer, etc. – I’m betting your mind is just humming with these colors and patterns, like mine was! Designs for a hat, scarf, throw, new color compositions to consider, etc.
One more – easy knitting design?!!
Oh, and if NYC is a schlep for you, but you’re planning to go to the NYC Vogue Knitting Live in January, you’re in luck! The exhibit runs through February 8, 2015.