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New exhibit: M.C. Escher Infinite Dimensions opens at MFA Boston

Infinite Dimensions, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts BostonThe MFA Boston’s exhibit, M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions opens tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd and will run through May 28, 2018.

This is the first exhibition of original prints by the artist in Boston, bringing together 50 works that highlight Escher’s imagination and ability. Infinite Dimensions investigates some of the themes that defined his work, including tessellations (arrangements of repeated shapes that fit together with no gaps), perspective and perception conundrums, sphere and water reflections, and transformations. Among the highlights is the 13-foot-long Metamorphosis II (1939-40), a monumental exploration of the fluidity of time and space in which a chessboard, hive of bees, rustic village, and other elements merge into a continuous woodcut printed from 20 blocks.

About the artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s most famous and prolific graphic artists, making 448 lithographs, woodcuts / wood engravings and 2,000+ drawings and sketches. He was born in the Netherlands and attended the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem.

For more information about the MFA exhibit click here: M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions.

MFA “Late Nites” tickets now on sale

boston arts, museum of fine arts bostonToday tickets go on sale for non-members for the MFA Boston’s next “Late Nites”, which have been wildly popular and sell out so make plans and purchase tickets while they remain available if this is something that interests you.

The ucpoming MFA Late Nites on Saturday, March 3rd runs from 8PM – 2AM and will include access to exhibitions like “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” “(un)expected families,” and “Seeking Stillness,” in addition to dancing to great DJs, pop-up performances, food and more.

Get Your Tickets Here (But Hurry)

Matisse in the Studio opens at the MFA April 9

art, painting, sculpture, Henri Matisse, Museum of Fine Arts BostonApril 4- 8, 2017 MFA members preview
April 9 – July 9, 2017 open to the public

Later this week members of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) will be able to see the first major international exhibition (and only showing in the US) that examines the importance of Henri Matisse’ s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the artist’s creativity. The exhibit opens to the public next Sunday, April 9th and will run through July 9, 2017.

The exhibit includes 36 paintings, 26 drawings, 11 bronzes, 9 cut-outs, 3 prints, and an illustrated book by Matisse along with approximately 39 works from his studio collection (many on loan from private collections and publicly exhibited outside of France for the first time).

Matisse in the Studio – MFA Exhibit

Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery and impressive body of work that spans over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

MFA Boston is free Saturday, Feb 4th

Museum of Fine Arts BostonThe Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the Year of the Rooster Saturday with their annual Lunar New Year Celebration, featuring free admission all day, music and lion dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and art-making activities.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday.

MFA and Gardner Museum are free on MLK Day

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream             Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift.                                 © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.                                                           

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and while I will be working, the holiday is observed by many companies and organizations here in Boston. There are lots of events taking place in and around Boston paying tribute to King’s legacy. In honor of King, two of my favorite museums are open and free to the public.

Should you have the day off stop by and check out either the Isabella Stewart Gardner or the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey

make-way-for-the-ducklingsTo celebrate the 75th anniversary of the children’s book set in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), the MFA has created an exhibition that tracks the career of the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey.

With art from Make Way for Ducklings at its center, the retrospective presents more than 50 works, including studies for other books written and illustrated by McCloskey. An exhibition highlight is the miniature bronze model for Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, commissioned for the Boston Public Garden in 1985.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey
November 25, 2016 – June 18, 2017
Click here to learn more about the McCloskey exhibit

Above: Robert McCloskey, Drawing for Make Way for Ducklings (“There they waded ashore and waddled along till they came to the highway.”), 1941. Graphite on paper. Courtesy of The May Massee Collection, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University.

MFA Boston presents: Wilson / Cortor

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift. © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The Wilson / Cortor exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston opens today. The exhibit celebrates the legacies of two contemporary American artists—John Wilson (a Roxbury, MA native) and Eldzier Cortor—each dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience. The exhibit includes approximately 50 works, many shown for the first time. The exhibition highlights the MFA’s significant holdings of prints and drawings by each artist.

Link here for more information about the exhibit.