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OnDaFence 31M/38M
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12/3/2018 8:46 pm

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12/4/2018 8:02 pm

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From it's modest beginnings in rented quarters in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street) in Manhattan, The New York Museum of Modern Art opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash. The MoMA has grown to world wide recognition as a leader in the display, preservation, conservation, and distribution ,through loan programs to other museums world wide.



For 47 days and 116,000 visitors experts at New York's Museum of Modern Art had viewed their exhibition of "The Last Works of Henri Matisse" with pride and confidence until on December 4,1961. Monroe Wheeler, the museum's director of exhibitions, was upset. He barely refrained from pounding his forehead as he cried, "Oh, no!" After he recovered his aplomb he manfully attributed the error to "just carelessness," and correction was made.



The heroine - or villainess, if you prefer - is Mrs. Genevieve Habert, a Wall St. stockbroker who is a former Parisienne and a fan of the French master's later works. She was the only person of some 116,000 who saw the simple, cut-and-pasted gouache of a sailboat and its reflection to spot the mistake. Mrs. Habert had been to the exhibition three times, and was vaguely disquieted by the picture the first timed. She felt the artist "would never put the main, more complex motif on the bottom and the lesser motif at the top." On her third visit, she felt she was on firm ground, bought a catalog, in which it was positioned properly, to prove her point and called the boo-boo to the attention of the nearest guard.



Quick to defend the honor of the museum, he neatly placed the blame elsewhere with "You don't know what's up and you don't know what's down and neither do we. We can't be responsible for the printers."
Luckily Mrs. Habert was not to be stopped. She went to the chief guard who referred her to information desk. But it was a Sunday night, when all the experts were at home, and she had to stoke her critical fire until the next morning. That's when Wheeler heard the awful truth.



The picture, which measures 56 ¼ x 44 inches, is one of 40 gouaches selected earlier this year in Paris especially for the show. They were executed in the four before Matisse’s death in 1954.

The painter’s son, art dealer Pierre Matisse – who himself had attended the exhibition without noticing the error – said, “Mrs. Habert should be given a medal.”



The woman in charge of installing pictures at the museum explained that the labels on the back of “Le Bateau” were upside down and that apparently had been hung incorrectly before. Deep screw holes on the back of the frame indicated this. Faint holes at the opposite end likewise indicated it had been strung up the right way at least once.

OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 8:49 pm

I've only been there once.....


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 8:50 pm

But they are constantly changing.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 8:52 pm

They have a major expansion project which should be completed by now or very soon.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 8:53 pm

One day is not enough to take it all in.


strtsexboy_1 58M
245 posts
12/3/2018 9:09 pm

Hummmm well today I have to say that, modern and art are an oxymoron LOL


Hungr4Yungr 69M
3690 posts
12/3/2018 9:16 pm

If the artist had done his job properly, there would be no question about which way to hang his work. If you ask me, the work is so ugly, it should be hung backwards.
Thanks for creating some controversy, Bret.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 9:58 pm

    Quoting strtsexboy_1:
    Hummmm well today I have to say that, modern and art are an oxymoron LOL
lines do get blurred on occasion.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26077 posts
12/3/2018 10:03 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    If the artist had done his job properly, there would be no question about which way to hang his work. If you ask me, the work is so ugly, it should be hung backwards.
    Thanks for creating some controversy, Bret.
part of the theory was to create an image to convey the thought with the fewest lives. Here I'd say his color choices were inappropriate for the boat and the sky.... Reverse the colours and you immediately visualize the boat and the sky.