Ellen McBreen is Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Helen Burnham is Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Suzanne Preston Blier is Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Ann Dumas is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and President of the Dedalus Foundation. Claudine Grammont is Director and Chief Curator of the Musee Matisse, Nice. Helene Ivanoff is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Frobenius Institute of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. Marie-Therese Pulvenis de Seligny is the former Director and Chief Curator of the Musee Matisse, Nice.
I can think of no other exhibition that has told us so much about
what artists do and how they think.--Eric Gibson "The Wall Street
Matisse in the Studio ...focuses on the artist's relationship with his objects...-- a seaglass green vessel, a Congolese mask, North African tapestries -- paired with the paintings where they appear. The result is a heightened sense of intimacy with his already sensual, summery paintings, and gives a glimpse into the studio -- and mental -- space of the artist.--Nina Maclaughlin "Boston Globe "
As the same rotating cast of inanimate characters appears again and again in the paintings, we realize that what we are seeing is a memory play, a chronicle of the interaction over time between objects and owner.--John Dorfman "Art & Antiques "
...Matisse loved beautiful, well-designed objects and had collected more than 200 by his death in 1954... they served him as visual references that opened his mind to new possibilities in seeing and creating.--Debbie Hagan "Hyperallergic "