Matt Johnson  (American, 1978) 


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Matt Johnson Biography
1978   Born in New York, NY
1999   New York Studio Program (AICAD), New York, NY
2000   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
2002   Artist residency, Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy
2003   Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
  Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Selected Exhibitions
2011   11th Triennale für Kleinplastik (Triennial of small scale sculpture), Fellbach, Germany (forthcoming)
2010   Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2009   Matt Johnson: Super System, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY (solo)
2009   15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2009   Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2008   The Form Itself, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
2008   Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY
2007   all about laughter, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2007   Makers and Modelers, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Sculptors' Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007   Time Difference: The Frank Cohen Collection, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
2006   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2006   Clarissa Dalrymple’s Exhibition of Young Artists to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY
2006   The World is Round, The Public Art Fund, Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY
2005   Uncertain States of America – American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Astrup Fearnley, Oslo NO; travelled to Bard College, New York, NY; Serpentine
2005   Gallery London, England; Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik IS; Herning Art Museum, Herning DK; CCA Warsaw, Warsaw PL; Le Musée de Sérignan, Sérignan FR; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague CZ; Songzhuan Art Center, Beijing CN
2005   Sutton Lane in Paris, Sutton Lane c/o Galerie Ghisloine Hussenot, Paris, France
2005   Thing, curated by James Elaine, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2005   Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Magic Show, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Mystery Achievement, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY
2004   Drunk vs. Stoned, curated by General Store and Emily Speers Mears, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
2004   Nature Study: A selection of artists from New York and Los Angeles, curated by Sarah Vanderlip, California State University, Bakersfield, CA
2003   Another Sculpture Show, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
2003   Buy Contortions, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY
2003   Threedimetrical, Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA
2003   California Welcomes You, curated by Pascal Spengemann for Scope, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Ordinary Uncanny, curated by Pascal Spengemann for Scope, New York, NY
2003   Group show curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA
2002   Four Times One Minus One, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002   Group show curated by Giancinto Di Pietrantonio and Angela Vettese, Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy
2002   Nanotechnology, curated by Nick Barna, The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2002   Everything Everywhere, curated by Nick Barna, The H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2009   Cotter, Holland. "Art in Review: Matt Johnson", New York Times, 13 February 2009
2009   Finch, Charlie. "Pascal’s Puzzles",, 3 February 2009
2009   "Reviews: Matt Johnson", The New Yorker, 21 – 27 January 2009
2007   O' Reilly, Sally. "Funny Guys: All About Laughter", Art Review, January 2007
2007   McElheny, Josiah. "Readymade Resistance", Artforum, October 2007
2006   Campagnola, Sonia. "Focus on Los Angeles", Flash Art, January/February 2006
2006   Casadio, Mariuccia. "Intimacy", Vogue Italia, February 2006
2006   Knight, Christopher. "Daring to tread on the turf of a master", LA Times, 6 October 2006
2005   Finkel, Jori. "First Come the Dealers, and Then the Diplomas", New York Times, 3 July 2005
2005   Harvey, Doug, "Good Thing: Emerging L.A. Sculptors at the Hammer", LA Weekly, 4 – 10 February 2005
2005   Holte, Michael Ned. "Scene & Herd: West Coast Thing", 10 February 2005
2005   Knight, Christopher, "The Next Big ‘Thing’ in LA", LA Times, 9 February 2005
2005   Miles, Christopher. "The Idolaters’ Revenge", Flash Art, May/June 2005
2005   "News: On Now, On Soon," Flash Art, March/April 2005
2005   THING: NEW SCULPTURE FROM LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles: Armand Hammer Museum of Art, 2005, p.42-45
2004   Cattelan, Maurizio, Ali Subotnick, and Massimiliano Gioni, "Everybody was There: The Wrong Guide to New York in 2004", Artforum, December 2004
2004   DiSilverio, Victoria, "A Night Out With: New Artist in Town", New York Times, 21 March 2004
2004   Mears, Emily Speers, "Critics’ Picks New York: Mystery Achievement",, 5 October 2004
2004   Saltz, Jerry, "An Artist Worms into Some Nicely Dicey Sculptural Terrain", Village Voice, 6 April 2004
2004   Sholis, Brian, "Critics’ Picks New York: Matt Johnson",, 31 March 2004