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Matthew Ritchie (British, b.1964)
LOT ID: 79954
Prelapse, 1995

Oil, and marker on canvas
90 х 84 in. (228.6 x 213.36 cm.)
Lot description

Interested in the complex structures of the cosmos, Matthew Ritchie examines the world through web-like systems that abstractly map disparate inspirations from science, architecture, and the human psyche in order to breakdown the origins of the universe. Presented on large-scale canvases, Ritchie’s intricate compositions visually represent scientific theories and experimental concepts through the energized swirls that reveal intriguing connections and continually evolve through our exploration.

Condition: There is intermittent wear with associated losses and cracks along all four edges. There are several networks of fine cracking in places throughout the composition. Light surface dirt is apparent in the top third of the composition. Examination under ultra-violet light reveals lines that fluoresce along the extreme outer edges.

Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964) is a contemporary British artist best known for paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and installations whose intricate composition is rooted in a complex mythology of Ritchie’s own imagining. Meticulously catalogued by the artist, this imaginary belief system borrows from the imagery and principles of science, of various established religions (including Judaism, Gnosticism, and Christianity), and of the occult. Ritchie's first solo show was in 1995 at the Basilico Fine Arts in New York City. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY (2000, 2002, 2006); White Cube, London, England (2001, 2008); and the Dallas Museum of Art, TX (2001), among others. He lives and works in New York, NY.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
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