Henri Matisse’s art books are rarely seen on walls. Either they are held away under lock and key or belong to private collections, their vibrancy hidden from view.
But right now, anyone who heads to the Walker Art Gallery has the chance to see them. And best of all, the exhibition is free.
Belonging to Bank of America Merril Lynch, The Art Books of Henri Matisse is the first time the publications have been on display in the UK and are a riot of colour and creativity against the cold white walls of the exhibition space.
Lining the wall are 63 framed images from the artist’s books. An accomplished artist in every sense of the word, Matisse would write every day during his career.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the of Icarus from his 1947 work Jazz.
The iconic image of a black silhouette against the blue starry background could be the embodiment of the care free jazz age, but takes on a different meaning when rooted to its title – the image illustrating the story of the man falling from the skies after flying too close to the sun.
The exhibition runs to April 15th 2012.