Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, critic and curator. He was the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (MIT Press, 2002, 2013) and curator of an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid in 2002. He has written extensively on contemporary artists including Ghada Amer and Reza Farkondeh, Jennifer Bartlett, Rudy Burckhardt, Francesco Clemente, Red Grooms and Kiki Smith.

Matisse Bound and Unbound

Henri Matisse, linocut illustration and initial in Henry de Montherlant, Pasiphaé, Chant de Minos (Les Crétois) (Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1944). Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. ©2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

The Morgan Library and Museum’s remarkable exhibition on Henri Matisse’s book works provided a wide-ranging, in-depth view of his achievements in the realm of the artist’s book and, perhaps surprisingly to some viewers, more commercial types of publication Read More

Meditations on Air: Degas at MoMA

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, On the Street (Dans la rue) (1876–1877), monotype on China paper, image 16.2 x 12.2 cm. Collection of Mrs. Martin Atlas.

While I was walking through the exhibition of Degas monotypes at MoMA, examining those interior spaces he was able to evoke, it occurred to me that his real subject was air—that Degas had chosen monotype because it is best suited to catching the ephemeral Read More