N.J.’s Montclair Art Museum Pays Homage to Matisse

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

If you’re ever near Montclair, New Jersey, and you’re looking for something to do, try the Montclair Art Museum.

Founded in 1914, MAM has occupied the same space on South Mountain Avenue for more than 100 years, though it has expanded several times to its current 12,000 square feet.

What’s great — and unique — about this museum is it was one of the first to collect and display Native American art. It’s a tradition they still uphold today, with more than 4,000 Native American artifacts on rotating display.

Through June 18, the museum is featuring an Henri Matisse exhibit, Matisse and American Art, which examines the French master’s influence on American art in the 20th century. The museum will feature at least 65 works of art by Matisse, alongside works by artists impacted by Matisse, including Max Weber, Richard Diebenkorn, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954),
Madame de Pompadour, 1951,
Copyright 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), Four Nudes at the Seashore, ca. 1910-1913, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), Bellagio Hotel Mural: Still Life with Reclining Nude (Study), 1997, Copyright Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.











As a companion exhibit, the Montclair has put together Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection, through July 29. This 53-piece grouping, already part of the museum’s permanent collection, will feature paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from 42 American artists.

Coming up this fall is Charles Burchfield: Weather Event, a collection of writings, drawings and paintings about the weather south of Lake Erie (Sept. 9 – Jan. 6).

Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, New Jersey, 07042; 973-746-5555; Hours: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m.; Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, under 12 free; free parking.