Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern, The Independent; Sergio Rossi Spring/Summer 2015, Ronald Seto.
I've admired Henri Matisse's colorful cut-outs since adolescence. In my late teens, I worked at a contemporary paintings gallery in Chelsea, where the owner kept one such artwork in the bathroom. (Needless to say, but it made trips to the loo very enjoyable.) These lively compositions of color and form are considered some of Matisse's best works, made later in the artist's career between 1937 and 1954. And they've been getting extra attention lately, thanks to the hugely popular exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, which debuted at the Tate Modern earlier this year and is now on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The artworks are not only popular with the public, but with fashion designers as well, including Sergio Rossi, whose "Colourful Beauty" women's shoe collection for Spring/Summer 2015 was a tribute to these compositions. Not only did Matisse's vibrant shapes and colors inspire the line, but as the Italian shoe purveyor explains, "As in a work by Matisse, creativity finds body in the most skillful technique; it benefits from the culture of craftsmanship and constant stylistic research, which has always distinguished the world of Sergio Rossi." See the full collection here.