To coincide with the opening of the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition, discover the rich and colourful world of Matisse.
This fascinating talk, by Professor Roger Benjamin from University of Sydney, introduces you into the world of Matisse, a world full of exuberant colours and decorative patterns, partly inspired by his travels to Spain, North Africa or exhibitions on Islamic art.
The talk is timed with the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, (20 November 2021- 13 March 2022).
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The talk is followed by a short interview of Professor Roger Benjamin by Marie Chretien.
Roger Benjamin (Clark Mellon Curatorial Fellow) is Professor of Art History at the University of Sydney. He has written widely on modern French art (Matisse in particular) and the history of French Orientalist painting.
His first book, Matisse's 'Notes of a Painter': Criticism, Theory and Context, 1891-1908, was published in 1987.
In 1995 he co-curated the travelling retrospective Matisse for the Queensland Art Gallery. His book, Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism and French North Africa, 1880-1930 (2003) received the prestigious Robert Motherwell Book Award.
His latest book Kandinsky and Klee in Tunisia (2015) was followed by the exhibition Biskra, sortilèges d'une oasis, held at the Arab World Institute, Paris in 2016.
Benjamin was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006
Tuesday 23 November,
6:00pm – 7:00pm,
Wholegreen cafe, 257 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000
$10 for AF Members
$15 for Non-members
(includes a glass of wine)
Membership status will be checked