Tag Archives: modern art


Matisse at the Metropolitan Museum until the 17th March

By Richard P. Townsend Henri Matisse was the master of line. In all its variety—patterns, incisive contours, decorative curves—all he put in service to rendering the essence of form and content. Matisse descends from a long line of the greatest artists France has ever produced and to whom the purity of line and the clarity […]


Destroy the Picture at MOCA, opening MCA Chicago the 16th February

It is hard to imagine that an exhibition about the destruction of painting and the upending of the supremacy of the picture plane could be beautiful. But Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962, just closed last Sunday the 14th at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is an aesthetic triumph. If you missed […]

Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

By Richard P. Townsend There are a lot of moving parts to the exhibition Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, an international loan show organized by the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; and the National Gallery of Art (now at the latter venue for its final showing until the 12th August 2012). While […]