Modernism has come to seem increasingly like an act of creative theft or translation: Think of Picasso's relation to African tribal art, or Duchamp's to American plumbing. And consider, as an early autumn treat, this ravishing show at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the bits of cloth that over the course of decades fired up Henri Matisse's imagination. The grandson and great-grandson of weavers, Matisse spent his childhood in a northern French town known for producing luxurious silks, amid a riot of pattern and color. Animated by amorous and sensual longings, throughout his long career he turned to textiles the way a woman tries on a new blouse, thirsting for... More >>>