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Oct 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Jan Matulka - The Global Modernist

The exhibition “Jan Matulka – The Global Modernist”, a major retrospective survey of this complex and fascinating Czech-American modernist artist, is organized by TMJ Projects and the Montclair Art Museum, and drawn from the estate of Jan Matulka and private and public collections. After January 16th, the exhibition will tour the U.S., see the Cross Country Calendar of Jan.-Feb. issue of Ahoy for more information.


On view September 19, 2004 - January 16, 2005

September 19th at 2pm:

Patterson Sims, Director of MAM will give a gallery tour of the exhibition.

October 6th

Charlotta Kotik,  Curator and Chair of Department of Contemporary Art will lecture on Matulka and Modernism



The Montclair Art Museum

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The exhibition includes 66 works--paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrations produced by the artist between 1915 and 1940. Ranging from vivid, pastoral landscapes to advanced abstractions, the works dramatically illustrate Matulka's art as a probing compendium of transatlantic stylistic developments spanning from impressionism to abstract expressionism. 




Jan Matulka (1890) was born in Bohemia, which later became the Czech Republic. He moved to the United States in his late teens, and he soon began studying at the National Academy of Design in New York. In 1917 and 1918, Matulka traveled throughout the American Southwest on a scholarship, producing work based on Native American themes.  He was among the first modernist artists to travel to the Southwest and he captured the Hopi Snake dance in a modern idiom. Matulka was a revered teacher, both at the Art Students League and as a private instructor, known for giving extensive encouragement and creative license to many students including David Smith, Burgoyne Diller, and George L.K. Morris.



Patterson Sims, Director of MAM, is the coordinator of “The Global Modernist” exhibition at MAM. Sims has included additional loans of Matulka’s work from the Whitney Museum of American Art and New York private collections, including works inspired by Native American art. Sims was the co-organizer of a previous major survey of Matulka's work in 1979-80, which was a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the National Museum of American Art) in Washington, D.C.


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Oct 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


The Montclair Art Museum

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