Thursday, November 15, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Goldsworthy v. Matisse!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Andy Goldsworthy (5-1-1, 62-33, .653) against Henri Matisse (4-1, 48-27, .640).  Both of these artists have been treading a thin line for a while, and the combined margin of Goldsworthy's last four matches and Matisse's last two is five: one tie, and four single-vote decisions.  Goldsworthy's loss came a few rounds back to Matisse's contemporary Paul Klee, but Matisse has just fallen to another of those pesky living artists, Tim Ely.  

Who's going to win this one?  Even match is wide open by definition, but this one seems especially wide open!  I can't wait!  Let's vote! 

Andy Goldsworthy
born 1956
In a diverse career spanning four decades, Andy Goldsworthy has become one of the most prominent and iconic contemporary sculptors. In photographs, sculptures, installations, and films, Goldsworthy documents his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration. Goldsworthy’s permanent projects and ephemeral works contrast in their scale, tension, and lifetime, but are unified through their responses to the environment and his constant investigation into understanding the landscape he is in.
- Galerie Lelong & Co.

Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
  • Crushed Chilean Roberto Matta in Round 1.
  • Crushed fifteenth century German Hans Memling in Round 2.
  • Beat Quentin Massys in Round 3.
  • Beat Gabriel Metsu in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Tim Ely in Round 5 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Christine M. said...


boonec1974 said...

I do not get the Goldsworthy love in this tourney. And the Matisse paintings just pop off the screen. They are lively, interesting, and unique. Matisse FTW!

Morgan said...

Matisse, which is a vote that should be read as "not Goldsworthy"

DrSchnell said...


Michael5000 said...

on FB: Mariah for Matisse, Gretchen for Goldsworthy.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Matisse.

Michael5000 said...

For me, it's Goldsworthy by a frosty, iceskating mile.

Nichim said...

Goldsworthy. Matisse has never done anything for me.

mrs.5000 said...

Well, this is a real poser for me. I'm so fond of both these artists, and have a strong urge to defend both of them from their detractors. I'm going to go with Goldsworthy.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

It was a tight match, until Goldsworthy put together the last four votes to survive with a 7-4 victory!