Oct. 23-Jan. 29, 2017

For artists, the term “originality” feels like a faulty notion, a myth that puts too much weight on being different and fails to appreciate the fact that all of the things in life—arts and culture and, well, life—that we experience often ekes out into our art, music, writing, and whatever else, in varying degrees. That said, it’s important to be aware of your influences and idols and maybe also try to blow them out of the water. This major exhibition, put together by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, explores the relationships between post-war West Coast painter Richard Diebenkorn and one of his biggest influences, Henri Matisse. Study the myriad ways that Matisse’s bold palettes, careful observation, and attention to composition affected Diebenkorn’s wide-ranging figurative, abstract, and landscape paintings. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org, $17.50, seniors $15, students $10, youth ages 7-18 $7.50, children 6 and under free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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