Much like Bo Jackson's dual membership in the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Royals, or Jared Leto's mediocre turns as an actor and a member of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, Henri Matisse traveled many avenues of the art world. He may be best known for the work he committed to canvas, but several other mediums provided ample conduits for his creative expression. A series of more than 40 sculptural works compose the main artery of the new Matisse: Painter as Sculptor exhibit, with each piece accompanied by related paintings, notes and sketches that provide a snapshot of the artist at work. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center have teamed up with the Baltimore Museum of Art to present a collection that explores the role of sculpting in Matisse's development as an artist, reflects on his impact and influence as a sculptor and examines the bronzing process he implemented when sculpting. It's such a massive undertaking that they've spread it out across both the Nasher and the DMA. They're obviously not expecting you to digest it all in one day (Have you ever tried to digest bronze?), so admission allows for a return visit. Matisse: Painter as Sculptor runs from Sunday until the end of April jointly at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.) and the Nasher Sculpture Center (across the street at 2001 Flora St.). Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $14 for students. Children 12 and under get in free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling 214-922-1803. Visit matisseindallas.org for more info.
Jan. 21-April 29