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Stories in Modern and Contemporary Art

Curiosity Carries Within

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) | Seated Nude Asleep | 1999.363.39

Seeing the work of Henri Matisse—the French artist who experimented with different methods such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture—makes me want to know more about art in general.

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Salvador Dalí

Theo, High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989) | left: The Accommodations of Desire, 1929 || right: Madonna, 1958

My family has a penchant for strolling through museums. I've appreciated this more as I've gotten older, but as a kid I got bored easily. Pausing before a piece by Salvador Dalí was always an incredible relief, and I came to crave the fluid style and disturbing clutter of his work.

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A Painting as an Experience

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013

Mark Rothko | No. 16 | 1971.14

"A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience." –Mark Rothko

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A Comfortable Position

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Left: Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" I, 1912 (1984.433.16). Right: Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Seated Nude Asleep, 1906 (1999.363.39)

The Teen Advisory Group recently visited the Museum's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art to talk about the work of Henri Matisse. Our guest speaker, Met lecturer Deborah A. Goldberg, PhD, asked, "What do you first think of when you think of Matisse?" There was a great variety of answers.

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Non Finito

Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) | Still Life with Vegetables | 1999.363.38

In our recent tour through the Met's galleries with lecturer Deborah A. Goldberg, we looked at Henri Matisse's paintings and Fauvist works by other artists that incorporate techniques such as mixing an enormous array of colors. Although my brain is still processing the information, one of Matisse's methods particularly stood out to me. It's called "non finito."

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Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923) | Blue Panel, 1977 | 1986.419.1

How many times has the word "perspective" appeared when referring to one's impression of, well, any artwork or art gallery? "Perspective" is like the bacon of art vocabulary; you sprinkle it over any conversation and it can spark a delicious array of reactions. In my experience, abstract art produces the most varied responses.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.