if it makes you happy
The Tate in London is featuring a show of Matisse vivid cut-outs through early September, and then it moves to MOMA. I'd love to see it, as I've had the opportunity to teach a class about the cut-outs and it was a lot of fun. An article in today's Wall Street Journal reveals two things I never knew about Matisse, one, that he used a fishing pole in his studio, and two, that the aim of his art is to make us happy and enhance our lives. Hmmm; that explains why he has so many fans, but I don't believe the goal of my art is to make you happy. Perhaps I should reconsider?