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Matisse and the Embodiment of Luxurious Sensuality

TEFAF Meet the Experts are interactive conversations with an exhibitor to engage with the vast knowledge and incredible artworks presented at TEFAF. The French artist Henri Émile Benoît Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was best known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Primarily famous as painter, Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. Matisse, however, was also responsible for significant developments as a draughtsman and printmaker. In this interactive conversation with Eric Gleason (Kasmin), you will find out more about Matisse’s printing techniques, subject matters, and artistic developments on the basis of his lithograph Grand Odalisque à la Culotte bayadère from 1925. Join this Meet the Experts to discover how through these patterns, an image of a beautiful semi-naked woman becomes the embodiment of luxurious sensuality, evocative of a heady and exotic world, an Orient of the mind.

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Eric Gleason, Kasmin

Eric Gleason was born in West Springfield, MA in 1982. While studying Political Science and Art History at Syracuse University, he worked at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and completed his thesis on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates, 1979-2005”.

Eric worked for Marlborough Gallery first as an archivist and was named Sales Director of Marlborough Chelsea in 2007, where he would remain until 2012. While working for Marlborough Chelsea, Eric aided in building the contemporary program of the long-standing gallery, working closely with artists such as Chakaia Booker and Rashaad Newsome. From 2012-2013, Eric worked for Galerie Gmurzynska of Zurich, Switzerland, as the Director or International Sales, concentrating primarily on 20th century art historical exhibitions that focused on Modernism and the Russian Avant-Garde

Following his return to New York in 2013, Eric joined Paul Kasmin Gallery, where he is currently Senior Director. Eric works closely with a number of the prominent contemporary artists at the gallery, specifically Diana Al-Hadid, Theodora Allen, Judith Bernstein, Roxy Paine and Jan-Ole Schiemann, and is the primary representative for several of the Artist’s Estates at Kasmin, notably Constantin Brancusi, Barry Flanagan, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell and George Rickey.

Moderated by Magda Grigorian, TEFAF