Henri Matisse, who died in 1954 aged 84, instead created boldly coloured paper cutouts that made even Picasso jealous. “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs”, which opens at Tate Modern in London in April, and afterwards goes to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, assembles some 120 of Matisse’s fragile but striking cutouts, more than have ever been presented in one place. They ranging in size from miniatures to works that cover an entire wall. “It is quite simply the most important exhibition of this phase of Matisse’s work that has ever been staged and, I think, will ever be staged,” Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate, told a news conference on Friday. Previous retrospectives in the 1970s in Detroit and about a decade ago in Frankfurt brought together about 60 of the cutouts, which became the “Fauvist” painter’s favourite medium in his old age. The new show include nudes, mock-ups of stained glass windows for the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France, circus scenes and a set of studies for a book that was eventually called “Jazz”. Many are made entirely of pieces of paper, sometimes mounted on another sheet of paper and then on canvas. The show will include the largest number of Matisse’s “Blue Nudes” ever assembled, including the most significant of the series, the “Blue Nude I” of 1952, on loan from the Beyeler Foundation in Basel. “I think it will be one of most beautiful shows we’ve ever been able to present at Tate Modern. It will be a compelling show, a very evocative show,” Serota said, noting the presence of a significant number of works from private collections and from other museums that rarely lend their Matisse cut-outs. He said the show’s five-month London run was likely to attract a quarter of a million visitors to the museum, housed in a disused riverside power station.
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Plans for vehicle crossings at Silvertown and Gallions Reach have been put forward. Tests in the proposed-crossing areas in east London, conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth, found some pollution levels exceeded EU limits. Transport for London (TfL) said the schemes would bring economic benefits. The tests for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were carried out by residents using diffusion tubes on behalf of Friends of the Earth in June. The results showed that half of the 32 locations tested exceeded the EU level of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air. ‘Disaster’ Newham Way on the A13 was the worst location – registering a level of 61. Jenny Bates from Friends of the Earth said: “Allowing any new road river crossing or City Airport development as proposed would be a traffic-generating, congestion-worsening, air quality-deteriorating disaster. “Instead a package of non-road alternatives such as DLR (Docklands Light Railway) extensions, ferries and cheaper bridges for walkers and cyclists must be considered.” Currently, the only crossings for cars and lorries between Rotherhithe and Dartford are the Blackwall Tunnel and Woolwich Ferry. ‘Saving time and money’ In a statement, TfL said: “With London’s population set to grow to 10 million by the early 2030s new river crossings in east London are crucial to manage demand. “Providing the Silvertown Tunnel as an additional river crossing would reduce the time vehicles currently spend queuing in traffic – helping to reduce vehicle emissions while saving people and businesses time and money.” Plans put forward for new a Thames crossing include building a new road tunnel linking Silvertown to the Greenwich Peninsula, a ferry at Gallions Reach linking Thamesmead and Beckton or a proposed fixed bridge at Gallions Reach. Consultations on the schemes will begin later this year. TfL added that since Boris Johnson began his term as London Mayor emissions of NO2 were down by an estimated 20% due to measures brought in, including tighter emission standards for lorries. More on This Story
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The benchmark FTSE 100 index edged up 4.84 points or 0.08 percent to 6,453.88 points, but down from last Friday’s 6,512.66 points close. Key US non-farm payrolls data had been scheduled for publication on Friday afternoon, but the shutdown has prevented the Labor Department’s data collection and release. “Without the non-farm payroll data this afternoon, markets look likely to meander into the close as we await news over the weekend as to when an end to the impasse might come,” said CMC analyst Nick Dale-Lace. Fund manager Standard Life led the gainers, climbing 2.52 percent to 354.10 pence, while engineering group GKN added 2.44 percent to 352.90 pence. State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland rose 1.77 percent to 373.20 pence and Loose Women broadcaster ITV put on 1.71 percent to 178.50 pence. B&Q owner Kingfisher tumbled 2.89 percent to 369 pence, topping the decliners’ board, while temporary power specialist Aggreko sank 2.50 percent to 1,442 pence. Barclays eased 0.60 percent to 271.35 pence as the bank announced it has sold nearly all of the shares in its A5.8 billion rights issue. On the currency markets, the pound weakened to $1.6052 at 5:26 pm from $1.6169 on Thursday evening and retreated to 1.838 euros from 1.1859 the previous night. Investment & Company Information WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with no strings attached. Associated Press