Art that Soars
Born in Paris to a family in which everyone painted and created works of art, Jackie Matisse's aesthetic sensitivity was nurtured from earliest childhood by her parents and grandfather, Henri Matisse, and by their artist friends, including Mirô and Calder.
Jackie grew up in Paris and New York where her father had established the famous Pierre Matisse Gallery. Her education at the Sorbonne did not include formal training in art.
She became the stepdaughter and protégée of Marcel Duchamp, helping him assemble his BoIte-en-VaIise (portable museum). She is the keeper of the Duchamp archives.
Jackie Matisse's inspiration for designing kites and tails came on a drive to La Guardia Airport when she glimpsed "one, lonely kite flying in an empty sky over urban Harlem."
Seeing Jackie Matisse's kites and tails, one may also be changed by the power of that startling awakening moment! They beckon us to be free—to shed the weight of psychological conditioning and be lifted to that place beyond the known—the source that releases ART THAT SOARS.
A Mingei International Museum publication. Commentaries by Rebecca Rickman, Leslie Vallhonrat, Marie-Louise von Plessen, and Jackie Matisse. Homages by Niki de Saint Phalle and Merce Cunningham. Foreword by Martha Longenecker, Director, Mingei International Museum.
(Hardcover/ Full color/ 120 pages)