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Dance Insider & Arts Voyager editor and publisher Paul Ben-Itzak, who has also written for Reuters, the New York Times, and many others and also publishes the Art Investment News, is looking for work in France, where he lived and worked for 10 years. He is ready to include his magazines in any deal. Interested parties can e-mail Paul.


The Arts Voyager, 12-18: Moving in the Light
Matisse at the Met: A body of work, also at work on the body

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954),, "Luxe, calme, et volupté," 1904. Oil on canvas, 38 3/4 x 46 5/8 in. (98.5 x 118.5 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Gift in lieu of estate taxes, 1982. On extended loan to the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Is there a painting which better synthesizes the manifold influences of Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism (Matisse studied Signac), his own co-invention Fauvism, light, and the Sea on Matisse?

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Text copyright 2012 Paul Ben-Itzak

Before he changed the shape of dance, Diaghilev published a pivotal art magazine. Before he launched Balanchine in America, Lincoln Kirstein fervently tried to get the original, 10-hour version of Eisenstein's film "Viva Mexico" to these shores. Like Balanchine, Martha Graham's work wasn't just an annex in the genesis of modern art, but one of its principal exponents. In an epoch when cloistered dance students sometimes grow up to be choreographers who think they're also plasticians and playwrights even if they've had no training in these mediums, it's vital that dancers continue to be reminded that they are part of a larger artistic movement. So we continue in these pages to cover Anthology Film Archives (whose founder, Jonas Mekas, once shared the fabled 80 Wooster Street with Trisha Brown, and later realized Kirstein's dream to show that uncut version of "Viva Mexico"); the Morgan Library, whose upcoming 160-piece Surrealism exhibition includes an evening of dances by Graham (apparently one of the few women artists represented in the exhibition); the Museum of Modern Art, whose imminent 350-piece exhibition, "Inventing Abstraction," includes evenings of live dance as well as archival film extracts of the work of Mary Wigman and Rudolf von Laban; and, today, Henri Matisse, whose revisiting of subjects is explored in the Metropolitan Museum's new exhibition Matisse: In Search of True Painting -- an Exploration of Matisse's Painting Process, on view through March 17, and which, not incidentally, also reveals how Matisse highlighted the contours of the human body. Herewith a plentitude of examples which the Met has generously provided from the self-assured master who, as Clement Greenberg put it in 1949 in The Nation, "can no more help painting well than breathing" -- a description which might well apply to many dancers.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Le Luxe I," 1907. Oil on canvas, 82 11/16 x 54 5/16 in. (210 x 138 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Purchase, 1945. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Drawing for 'Le Luxe,'" 1907. Charcoal, squared for transfer, on paper mounted to canvas, 88 9/16 x 53 15/16 in. (225 x 137 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Gift of Marguerite Duthuit, 1976. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Le Luxe II," 1907-08. Distemper on canvas, 82 1/2 x 54 3/4 in. (209.5 x 138 cm). Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, J. Rump Collection. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Left: Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Notre-Dame," 1914. Oil on canvas, 57 7/8 x 38 9/16 in. (147 x 98 cm). Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dubi-Muller-Stiftung. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Notre Dame," ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 14 3/4 in. (46 x 37.5 cm). Tate: Purchased 1949. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Notre-Dame," 1914. Oil on canvas, 58 x 37 1/8 in. (147.3 x 94.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, and the Henry Ittleson, A. Conger Goodyear, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sinclair Funds, and the Anna Erickson Levene Bequest given in memory of her husband, Dr. Phoebus Aaron Theodor Levene, 1975. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "The Gulf of Saint-Tropez," 1904. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 19 7/8 in. (65.1 x 50.5 cm). Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Left: Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Young Sailor I," 1906. Oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 32 in. (99.7 x 81.3 cm). Collection of Sheldon H. Solow. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Young Sailor II," 1906. Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 32 5/8 in. (101.3 x 82.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998. 1999.363.41. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Like his fellow fauves, Matisse found inspiration in the light of the fishing village of Collioure, less than an hour from France's border with Spain. Upon his return to Collioure in the summer of 1906, he painted a local teenager, in "Young Sailor I." Then he made a second version on an identically sized canvas (here using flat color and deformation to produce a different effect), "Young Sailor II," which, unsure of his new direction, he told friends had been painted by the local postman, explaining later that his aim was to "condense the meaning of [a] body by seeking its essential lines."


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Seated Nude," 1909. Oil on canvas, 45 9/16 x 35 1/16 in. (115.7 x 89 cm). Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Nude with a White Scarf," 1909. Oil on canvas, 45 7/8 x 35 1/16 in. (116.5 x 89 cm). Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, J. Rump Collection. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Laurette Seated on a Pink Armchair," 1916-1917. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 28 3/4 in. (100 x 73 cm). Private collection. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Meditation (Portrait of Laurette)," 1916-1917. Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (49.5 x 34.3 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gift of Miss Ima Hogg. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Interior with a Violin (Room at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage)," 1918. Oil on canvas, 45 11/16 x 35 1/16 in. (116 x 89 cm). Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, J. Rump Collection ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Nasturtiums with the Painting 'Dance' I," 1912. Oil on canvas, H. 75-1/2, W. 45-3/8 in. (191.8 x 115.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982. 1984.433.16. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Interior with Goldfish," 1914. Oil on canvas, 57 7/8 x 38 3/16 in. (147 x 97 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Bequest of Baronne Eva Gourgaud, 1965. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Goldfish and Palette," 1914. Oil on canvas, 57 3/4 x 44 1/4 in. (146.5 x 112.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx, 1964. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Interior at Nice (Room at the Hotel Beau-Rivage)," 1918. Oil on canvas, 29 x 23 3/4 in. (73.7 x 60.3 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, A.E. Gallatin Collection, 1952. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Interior at Nice (Room at the Hotel Méditerranée)," ca. 1919. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 21 5/8 in. (66.7 x 54.9 cm). Saint Louis Art Museum. Museum. Purchase ©2012. Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "Woman on a Divan (Room at the Hotel Méditerranée)," 1920-21. Oil on canvas, 23 11/16 x 28 7/8 in. (60.2 x 73.4 cm). Kunstmuseum Basel, bequest of Dr. h. c. Richard Doetsch-Benzinger, Basel, 1960. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Left: Reprint of archival photograph documenting Henri Matisse's process of painting "The Dream," 1940, January 7, 1940. Reprint of archival photograph 31 1/2 x 26 15/16 in. (80 x 68.4 cm). (Frame) Image: 23 1/4 x 18 5/8 in. (59 x 47.4 cm). ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Right: Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), "The Dream," 1940. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 25 9/16 in. (81 x 65 cm). Private collection. ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



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