'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
For his debut 'Artisanal' menswear collection, Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano invited artist Tony Matelli to exhibit four vanitas sculptures as part of the brand's showspace in Paris.
Tony Matelli (USA, 1971) – one of the most prominent and most promising American artists whose works reflect the subtle and ever-elusive combination of concept, contemporary technology, as well as the demanding attitude to technique and art in the best sense of the word.
Once an assistant to Jeff Koons, Tony Matelli looks at the experience he has gained from a new angle deeply feeling the burning issues of the day while at the same time preserving a serious attitude towards the quality of his work and demonstrating scrupulous attention to detail. Matelli’s work reaches beyond the boundaries of political correctness and the social conduct code. Every of his objects incorporates a provocation, a protest against playing by the commonly accepted rules, and aggression as an integral part of the surrounding world. He focuses on loneliness, desolation, degradation, defenselessness and, at the same time, resilience and resistance to unfortunate circumstances.
While demonstrating an acute personal response to basic emotions, Tony Matelli is ironic about himself and smiles at the absurdity of what’s happening around him. He is set on questioning everything what many thought unshakable; on striking the right visual forms to impart subtle philosophical concepts. The Moscow exhibition showcases the artist’s objects of the past five years and the brand new works which will see light for the first time. The laws of physics are no longer evident in Matelli’s works. Challenging the laws of gravitation, he utterly readjusts the optics thereby giving us a new picture of the objects and phenomena that surround us and transforming the existent reality into a new one.
Tony Matelli’s works have been on display in a large number of prestigious museums and galleries all over the world and are part of permanent collections in a variety of world famous museums:
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation
Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Denmark
Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook, MI
CURIOUSLY STRONG Altoids Collection, (New Museum) New York, NY
FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Spain
FRAC Bordeaux, France
Musee d’arte Contemporain Montreal, Canada
Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,
Wellington, New Zealand
Skive New Art Museum SNYK, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sundsvalls Kommun, Sundsvall, Sweden
Uppsala Konstmusuem, Uppsala, Sweden
February in LA has long been a permanent fixture in the calendars of the world's elite, who use awards season as a welcome excuse to escape the dreary drizzle in Europe and the biting cold on the East Coast. But now there's a new reason to be in Tinseltown this month: the launch of the first ever Frieze Los Angeles.
A central fixture in New York's conceptualist Neo-Geo scene of the 1980s, Peter Halley's work all but disappeared from the city's galleries by the start of the '90s, and for the subsequent decade was exhibited chiefly abroad. Sperone Westwater's recent show comprised ten paintings Halley made between 1997 and 2002 that are owned by Gian Enzo...
The London-born artist Malcolm Morley, known for his innovations in photorealist and neo-expressionist art, has died aged 86. Xavier Hufkens gallery in Brussels, one of the galleries that represent him, says in a statement: 'He defied stylistic characterisation, moving through so-called abstract, hyperrealist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist...
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with pornography. Not the PornHub or RedTube variety, but rather the naked flesh that I realized could be found in the most innocuous of places. I collected prostitute cards from phone boxes around London and stared up at the sticky top-shelf mags in the local newsagent. I photographed close-ups of breasts and...
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