Jackie Matisse - Jeux d'espace

Jackie Matisse, granddaughter of Henri Matisse and daughter of Pierre Matisse who had a famous gallery in New York, was born in 1931.

 

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Jackie Matisse, granddaughter of Henri Matisse and daughter of Pierre Matisse who had a famous gallery in New York, was born in 1931.

This immense filiation and her father’s position meant she was in contact very early with the most important artists of that period (Alexander Calder, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, …) and thereby able to nourish her research on the most experimental of the artistic 'avant-gardes'. She started working alongside Marcel Duchamp, and then worked with artists as different as the composer David Tudor, the dancer Merce Cunningham and her friends from the Nouveaux Réalistes movement. Her works, essentially kites, composed of light material and recycled objects, are both heteroclite and unexpected.

Jackie Matisse’s sensitive, free-minded, lush world is perfectly described by the artist herself:

“My artistic activity enabled me to explore the elements and to indulge in my fascination with space, movement and chance, either in the air or below water. Watching and making the kites fly brought me a feeling of freedom, a means of collaborating with others and with nature, and an open door to the immensity of life through my vision.”

Reference 9782363060983
Number of pages 120
Size 24,50 x 28 cm
ISBN 9782363060983
Justification Bound
Technique 100 color illustrations
Publication date 2013

Matisse (Jackie)


Born in France, Jackie Matisse lived in New York until 1954. Since then she has lived in Paris making frequent visits to New York. Between 1959 and 1968 she worked for Marcel Duchamp, completing the assemblage of the “Boite en Valise”. At this time using her married name, Jacqueline Monnier, she began to make kites “in order to play with color and line in the sky”. In 1980 she showed kites which were created to be used underwater at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York, and since then has continued to make kitelike objects intended for three different kinds of space: the sky, the sea, and indoor space, all linked through her use of movement.

In collaboration with Molly Davies, filmmaker and David Tudor, composer, she created two videos on her underwater and sky work. In the 1980’s she collaborated with David Tudor composer and musician. She just had a comprehensive show of her work at the Mengei International Museum in San Diego, California, U.S.A.



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