9/20/18 - 1/19/19

Jessie Sentivan, Guest Curator and editor of the Kay Sage Catalogue Raisonné

This focused selection of works from WCMA’s collection features that of Yves Tanguy (French, 1900–1955), Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, 1888–1978)Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983), and Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002). Shortly after Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy wed in 1940, they relocated from New York City to Woodbury, Connecticut. The couple adorned the walls of their home with the six works included here.

In 1955, Tanguy’s unexpected death devastated Sage, eventually contributing to her suicide in 1963. In her will, Sage bequeathed her collection to “museums located in the United States.” Her executor, gallerist Pierre Matisse, sought the assistance of James Thrall Soby, a Williams College alumnus and friend of Sage. Soby facilitated the gift of a number of paintings and drawings go to WCMA, making it a significant repository of Sage’s estate.

This collection display is presented in conjunction with Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist.

Guest Curator

Jessie Sentivan is an independent art historian and curator. She has held positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project, and was a contributing editor of the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings. Sentivan is currently the Project Manager of Catalogue Raisonné for the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Selected works