2015 Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Edited by Karl Buchberg, Nicholas Cullinan, Jodi Hauptman, and Nicholas Serota
The Museum of Modern Art

2015 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award Winner



Published in conjunction with the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Matisse's paper cut-outs, this book presents approximately 150 works in a groundbreaking reassessment of the artist's colorful and innovative final years. From the late 1940s on, Matisse (1869–1954) increasingly used paper and scissors as his primary medium, creating lively compositions that are striking for their chromatic harmonies and economy of means.


Richly illustrated to show the cut-outs in all of their vibrancy and luminosity, this catalogue presents new research by curators and conservators exploring issues such as the artist's materials and methods, the relation of these works to his other works, and two different ways the cut-outs were perceived: first as contingent and mutable works in the studio, and ultimately works made permanent by mounting and framing. The catalogue includes photographs of the works in progress in Matisse's studios and five essays focusing on different moments in the development of this radical medium.


The members of the Dedalus Foundation jury were Bruce Altshuler (New York University), James Leggio (Brooklyn Museum of Art), and Jeffrey Weiss (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art).