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John Elderfield Quotes

For our 1992 retrospective of Matisse, I'd traveled from Japan to Australia to Mexico to the Soviet Union and could not find this painting. So this summer, when the call came, I said, 'How could it be?
John Elderfield
#Australia

[Meanwhile, the Modern is planning to mount an exhibition of the gift in the summer of 2006.] We wanted to do it A.S.A.P., ... but it takes time to unload the boat and to absorb big gifts into our collection.
John Elderfield
#Planning

It's great. For a curator, the two great thrills are, first, finding and acquiring real monuments of art. The other part is being able to hang them.
John Elderfield
#Art

After this series, he really stopped painting.
John Elderfield
#Painting

I had completely forgotten about the painting,
John Elderfield
#Painting

We have been buying a lot of contemporary art, but we add great monuments like this whenever we can.
John Elderfield
#Art

[Matisse's aim in leaving the face blank was] to encourage you to look all over the surface of the painting, ... He realized we are biologically constructed to focus on faces more than anything. So he came to the conclusion that the way to make the eyes circulate freely in the space was not to paint the face.
John Elderfield
#Painting