Modern Mondays

Modern Mondays


MAY 11 AT 6 PM

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In conjunction with The Art Books of Henri Matisse exhibition, on May 11 the Bechtler presents a gallery talk by ceramic artist Alex Matisse, the great-grandson of Henri Matisse. Matisse will discuss his family history and how the artists in his family influenced his work and career. His grandfather, the gallery owner Pierre Matisse, heavily influenced the modern art movement in America. About his famous relative Henri, in 2012 Matisse told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The connection I feel there is his work can be understood. Anybody can look at most of his paintings and ... see beauty in them."

Alex Matisse makes wood-fired, salt-glazed, intricately slip-trailed, functional pottery. His work is made in a fusion of pre-industrial traditions, from the Anglo-Oriental school of Leach, Hamada and Cardew to the folk pottery of the southeastern U.S. and many places between. Alex founded East Fork Pottery in 2010, where he and other artists create a full range of functional and sculptural ceramics, fired in a large wood-burning kiln. He currently works and resides in Marshall, N.C.


Modern Mondays programs offer a cash-bar reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.  




Image: Alex Matisse. Photo courtesy of the artist

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