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After Matisse exhibition records

Identifier: IR-CUR-010

Scope and Contents

After Matisse, held at The Phillips Collection in 1987, was a group exhibition that illuminated the lasting influence of French painter Henri Matisse upon subsequent generations of American artists. The exhibition featured 42 works by 37 artists and range from a 1936 oil painting by Hans Hoffman to a 1985 drawing by artist Dan Flavin. The exhibition was a traveling show curated by Tiffany Bell for Independent Curators International.

These curatorial records were collected and created during the research, planning and execution of the After Matisse exhibition and catalogue.

The exhibition opened at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 1987 and remained until August 19, 1987.

The primary creator of the exhibition planning records was The Phillips Collection Curatorial Department.

The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition related documents. The records include correspondence, publicity, and a review.


  • 1987
  • Usage: The material in this collection were used in preparation for the 1987 exhibition.

Biographical / Historical

The Phillips Collection owns five works by Henri Matisse; three pen and ink drawings and two paintings, Studio, Quai St. Michel (1916) and Interior with Egyptian Curtain (1948).


.31 Linear Feet (1 legal folder)

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After Matisse exhibition records contain materials created and collected by The Phillips Collection Curatorial Department throughout the process of organizing the 1987 exhibition. Included are publicity, reviews and correspondence.


The collection is organized into one series: Exhibition Planning

Within the Exhibition Planning series the materials are arranged chronologically within the folder.

The collection maintains the original order created by the Curatorial Department of The Phillips Collection.

Custodial History

The collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curator’s office.

Related Materials

After Matisse Curated by Tiffany Bell
Independent Curators International
799 Broadway, 205
New York, NY 10003
212- 254- 8200

Processing Information

After an initial inventory of the collection, some documents were identified as being of no future reference value for the collection, such as duplicate documents and expense reports. These items were weeded with the librarian’s approval. Original newsprint articles were copied onto acid-free paper; all documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders and metal paper clips were replaced with plastic clips.

After Matisse exhibition records, 1987
The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
Michele De Shazo, Volunteer Archives Assistant
January-February, 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository

1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States