1. The show is over-hyped. Veronese is a much more important show for artists.
2. The cut-outs are static, without the shifting, brilliant, worked and re-worked, amazing genius of his paintings.
3. The best of the big ones remind me of Abstract Expressionists like Morris Louis.
4. If he had been physically fit, these works would have been painted. Pared down Matisse paintings would have been better.
5. The religious ones have a queasy phoniness. When the modern post-religious idiom is applied to Christianity, you usually get rubbish.
6. The frilly leaf-shape gets boring.
7. Richard Hamilton upstairs is worse.
8. People like the Cut-Outs because they’re pretty patterns and not much else, whereas real Matisse uses pretty-crazy patterns to make disturbing paintings.
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