Comments on: The Snail: late Matisse in context http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-103540 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:39:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-103540 Hey Duncan, awesome comment, and so subtle. If you can put together more than 18 words at once, we’d like you to write for abstractcritical.

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By: Duncan Newton http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-103432 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:08:06 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-103432 I was amused by his ability to get an advert for the Poussin Gallery in the first paragraph.

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By: Kelvin Harvey http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-51898 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:43:29 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-51898 Maybe the problem not with The Snail but with Tate Modern they have an unerring knack of killing everything they hang in that temple of doom.

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By: Patrick Jones http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-51804 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 15:25:57 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-51804 Very interesting article about a great piece of work.For me the title referred to the movement of the eye around the surface from one colour to the next,which seemed to go clockwise.Elderfield wrote well about the acknowledged qualatative difference in the cutouts.At the back of the book was a restorers notes ,which were fascinating.For anybody who has tried collage the slightest movement during gluing can change the feeling of effortlessness,to one of lead.Lydia Ds notes on Matisse working methods were also riveting reading,as cafrefull planning and chance occurance are all built in.As good as it gets,except for Pollock

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By: Filip Gudovic http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-51708 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:01:45 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-51708 Great article Robin. To some extent i do agree the more interesting spatial tensions and material depiction in Memory of Oceania compared to The Snail. Although one point i want to touch on, and i believe it is a critical feature in works like The Snail, its the design element. What makes The Snail design like apart from its decorative aspect is its centralized composition which is apparent in works of some contemporary painters like Von Heyl. Not to mention that Von Heyl’s work explores this tension between painting and design in abstraction. What I personally enjoy about the snail is that in its nature it appears simple yet if we observe the negative shapes in white in relation to the different color shades of orange purple and green it becomes a highly complex visual. It is different from Memory of Oceania because it doesn’t derive from any photographic representation or depiction.
The idea of architecture in painting was seriously developed in Matisse work even in his figurative works (using different textiles and patterning) and more in his later series from Algiers(if im not mistaken) and cutouts.
As painters, viewers or writers today we tend to make out and over look too much context in one single artwork, which is great because that is exactly what develops painting and abstraction, although in Matisse example he’s decorativeness has in many works suffocated the possibility of engaging with abstraction on a more critical level. Somehow hes cutouts become a bit too casual. Haha!

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By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-snail-late-matisse-in-context/#comment-51600 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:58:59 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=5776#comment-51600 Robin, Your ruminations give me pleasure. I know you are not a fan of Frank Stella, but when you say “The Snail….takes its subject matter – if it has one – lightly, as modernism supposedly should, and appears to move into areas of spontaneous action, free and clear of ‘introspection or reflection’.” Stella comes immediately to mind, at least from Moby-Dick on. What you have to say about Memories of Oceania is inspiring, but above all I like your ability to respond to the work without having to come to a definitive conclusion. You are also right about “design” as a problem for abstraction.

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