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ARTISSIMA 2013    Nov 8 - Nov 10, 2013


M+B is pleased to announce its participation at Artissima 2013 from November 8 - 10 in Turin, Italy. Please visit us at Hall Fuchsia, Stand 14 where we will be presenting new works by Matthew Brandt and Matthew Porter.

In Matthew Brandt’s most recent body of work, the artist’s classic engagement with the American landscape is translated here to the abstracted landscape of the human torso. Photographing subjects clad in striped shirts, Brandt uses a particularly kitsch and trendy American fashion technique—velvet burnout—to etch the images onto fields of pristine white silk velvet. With the Burnouts, Brandt explores how the process of removal can further the read of an image and continues his light-hearted and often playful handling of materials that both visually and physically inform his work.

Matthew Brandt (b. 1982, Los Angeles) received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and his MFA from UCLA in 2008. He was recently featured in Art+Auction’s “50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists” in the June 2013 issue, and his first solo exhibition at M+B in the fall of 2011 was met with critical attention: selected by Modern Painters as part of “The 100 Best Fall Shows” and reviewed in the December/January 2013 issue. Brandt was included in the “The Top 30 Under 30 in Art and Design” for Forbes by Jeffrey Deitch in 2012 and Art in America included him in their “Top Finds at Paris Photo Los Angeles” earlier this year. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Bidwell Projects (Ohio), The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, UBS Art Collection, Statoil Collection, Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), North Carolina Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Art Museum (Ohio), Royal Danish Library and Wieland Collection, among others. This fall, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio will open Brandt’s first institutional solo exhibition entitled Sticky/Dusty/Wet, which will travel to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in the fall of 2014. Recent institutional group exhibitions include Land Marks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Reality Check at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Currents at the Contemporary Art Museum (North Carolina) and Staking Claim at the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego). Brandt lives and works in Los Angeles.

Matthew Porter’s multiple-exposure still lifes use photographic analogue techniques to combine multiple planes of depictive information. Within each frame, objects stack on top of one another, blend where they overlap and flatten pictorial space. The process allows photography—a visual language of boxed, still images—to collage multiple topics into a single frame: colony collapse, Navajo blankets, midcentury furniture, seashells, oil, hand tools and railroad nails. Together, they form a reticulated pattern of overlapping subject matter and the final compositions suggest a perplexing fantasy.

Matthew Porter (b. 1975, Pennsylvania) was recently profiled in The New York Times and included in the After Photoshop exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2012, as well as the International Center of Photography Museum’s Perspectives 2010. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London and is held in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, the Statoil Collection (Norway) and the Traina Collection (San Francisco). Porter's curatorial projects include "Seven Summits" at Mount Tremper Arts, "The Crystal Chain" at Invisible Exports and "Bedtime for Bonzo" at M+B, which was an ARTFORUM Critics' Pick in 2011. He is the co-editor of Blind Spot magazine Issue 45, and his writings and interviews have been featured in Triple Canopy, Blind Spot, ARTFORUM.com and Canteen. Porter received his BA from Bard College in 1998 and his MFA from Bard-ICP in 2006. He currently teaches part time at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and Mack Books will publish his first monograph in early 2014. Porter lives and works in Brooklyn.

For further information, please contact Alexandra Wetzel at 310 550 0050, alexandra@mbart.com, or visit our website www.mbart.com. You may also view more information and purchase tickets on the ARTISSIMA website at www.artissima.it

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