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Fifteen bucks to get in? Come ON! I thought the BMA was free. It’s ten dollars for students brandishing a legit school i.d.

Matisse is the BMA’s bread and butter. The Cone collection is one of the best assortments of classic Matisse paintings, from early still lives to abstracted nudes late in his career. However, the BMA is branching out, to include works from outside it’s collection – from Paris, Nice, Chicago, and NY. Hence, the fifteen bucks. This show is guaranteed to make the museum some much-needed dough, as it is the kind of show that everyone can appreciate, from art officianados to your mom. Also, not a bad Xmas present, as long as you’re not surrounded by shuffling throngs of zombies in headphones.

Here’s what the BMA has to say about their newest ‘epic’ show:
“Discover an unexpected side of Matisse’s genius in the first major U.S. exhibition of the artist’s sculpture in more than 40 years. The Baltimore Museum of Art presents a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see this major retrospective of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Don’t miss the only East coast venue and the last stop on the highly successful national tour.

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“Featuring more than 160 sculptures, paintings, and drawings Matisse: Painter as Sculptor brings together works rarely shown together—many on loan from major museum collections such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée Matisse in Nice, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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“Organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), and Nasher Sculpture Center, Matisse: Painter as Sculptor is on view at the BMA following presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center (January 21–April 29, 2007) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (June 9–September 16, 2007). The Baltimore presentation of Matisse: Painter as Sculptor is curated by Jay Fisher, BMA Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs and Dr. Oliver Shell, Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture.”