Project Description

Matthew Magee

b. 1961, Paris, France

Growing up, Matt Magee would take road trips throughout the southwest with his father, an archaeologist and geologist.  Along the way they would stop and find rocks, arrowheads, and other artifacts, Magee would later sort and organize his finds.  This sense of order was instilled by his father and further encouraged through his work at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, where he was an archivist for over 18 years.  The repetition of digging through information and material, creating organizational systems and inventories, and keeping records has greatly influenced Magee’s creative practice.  Keeping a collection of items in his studio over the years, moved from one space to the next, finding panels in dumpsters for paintings as well as detergent bottles in canals and the street for sculptures; Magee transcends the material of these found objects, refinishing and transforming them into beautifully organized art objects, encouraging the viewer to read through his rows of color and shape to discover their source.

EDUCATION
1986 MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1983 BA, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

HONORS AND AWARDS
2015 Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency, Bethany, CT
2013 Tamarind Institute Residency, Albuquerque, NM
2007 Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency, Bethany, CT
2006 Board of Trustees Award, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, New York, NY
1991 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
1985 Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency with artist James Surls, New Smyrna Beach, FL

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Recent Paintings and Sculptures, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Circa 1994, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2011 Paintings, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2010 New Paintings, Knoedler Project Space, New York, NY
2009 Ideograms, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 Thought Forms, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
2007 River Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY
2000 Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
1990 Berland Hall Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Minimally Speaking, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Fold, Curated by Jeff Bergman and Rachel Gladfelter, Planthouse, New York, NY
2015 Black and White, Mostly. Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 50:50/New Prints 2015/Winter, International Print Center, New York, NY
2014 Inaugural Exhibition, inde/jacobs, Marfa, TX
2014 Miami Project with Richard Levy Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 Art Show Today, Planthouse, New York, NY
2014 EAB Fair with Grenfell Press, New York, NY
2014 Panel Paintings 2, Eagle Gallery EMH Arts, London, UK
2014 Esopus Creek Conservancy benefit, Saugerties, NY
2014 Texas Contemporary with Richard Levy Gallery, Houston, TX
2014 Rare Prints and Artists’ Editions, Eagle Gallery EMH Arts, London, UK
2014 Downtown Modern + Contemporary Fair with Richard Levy Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Inaugural Exhibition. James Kelly Contemporary’s new space, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Color Rhythms. Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Hot Off the Press, Katona Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
2014 SITE Unseen 8, Santa Fe, NM
2014 1n10. Today’s Youth – Tomorrow’s Future. Phoenix, AZ
2014 From the Vault, Imogen Holloway Gallery. Saugerties, NY
2014 Signs and Syntax, Eagle Gallery EMH Arts, London, UK
2013 INK with Tamarind Institute, Miami, FL
2013 IFPDA Print Fair with Tamarind Institute, New York, NY
2013 Accomplice, The COLLABORATIVE WORKS of Brent Bond and Santo Press, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ
2013 The ORACLE Project, organized by Melissa Steckbauer and Mathilde ter Heijne, The Wand, Berlin, Germany
2013 ART loves Stephen Petronio Company Benefit Auction, New York, NY
2013 AFA 12th Annual My Hero Auction, ThreeSixty, New York, NY
2013 New Editions, Tamarind Institute Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2013 Geometric Abstraction from Bauhaus to Contemporary, An Eighty Year Survey, David Hall Fine Art, Wellesley, MA
2013 June Painting, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe
2013 Punctuations, Separations and Artists’ Books, Emma Hill Eagle Gallery, London, UK
2013 Playing with Process: Experimental Prints from the Permanent Collection, Curated by Rebecca A. Dunham, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2013 STOCKED: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Curated by Emily Stamey, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 The Example, Curated by Jessica Hodin & Tyler Healy, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY
2013 Panel Paintings, Organized by Emma Hill, Eagle Gallery, London, UK
2013 The Art of Renewal, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Contemporary Art Museum Houston Annual Art Auction, Houston, TX
2012 ART Loves Stephen Petronio Company Benefit Auction, New York, NY
2012 Win/Win benefit for the Tamarind Institute, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Margrit Lewczuk/Matt Magee, Imogen Holloway Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2012 Liv Mette Larsen/Matt Magee, Rose Burlingham, New York, NY
2012 Zoom In, Imogen Holloway Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2012 SITE Unseen, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Mind Head, Curated by Rose Burlingham, Jim Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
2011 Captured: A Portrait Show, Curated by John Serdula, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
2011 Good Stuff, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
2011 The Modernist Thread, Curated by Sally Sprout, Williams Tower, Houston, TX
2011 Art for Africa, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
2011 SITE Santa Fe auction in association with James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2011 Arthouse Five x Seven. Austin, TX
2011 Final Gesture, Curated by Charles Finch, David Hall Fine Art, Wellesley, MA
2011 The Garden, Curated by James Salomon and Beverly Allan, Allan/Nederpelt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Monster Drawing Rally, DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2011 January White Sale, Curated by Beth Rudin Dewoody, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Benefit. Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Art Basel/Miami with Knoedler & Co, Miami, FL
2010 S(l)umm(er)ing on Madison Avenue, Curated by Jo-ey Tang, The Notary Public, New York, NY
2010 Calligrams, Eagle Gallery/Emma Hill Fine Art, London, UK
2010 ECO EXPO, Organized by Angela Royo, New York, NY
2010 What Matters Most, Exit Art, New York, NY
2010 WISH! Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2009 Transform/Transmute, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
2009 Eat for Art, Columbia County Council on the Arts, New York, NY
2009 Coalition for the Homeless benefit, New York, NY
2008 Aqua Fair with Heskin Contemporary, Miami, FL
2008 University of New Mexico Friends of Arts Auction, Albuquerque, NM
2008 WISH! Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2007 Holiday Show, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2007 Punchbowl, Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Aqua Fair with Heskin Contemporary, Miami, FL
2007 Groundswell In association with Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
2007 GREEN, Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Nightshift II, Curated by David Howe, White Box, New York, NY
2007FLASHPOP, Auction to benefit the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2007 ADDRESSING IRAQ: MAIL ART ABOUT THE WAR, The Reitz Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007 London Art Fair with Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
2007 Palm Beach 3 with Eckert Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
2006 En Masse, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY
2006 Visual AIDS, Postcard from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
2006 Formica Formatted, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2006 There’s Something I Should Tell You Before You Take the Blindfold Off…., Rose Burlingham, New York, NY
2006 Silvermine Arts Center, Curated by Ben Barzune, New Canaan, CT
2006 Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
2006 FashionCares, Milk Studios, New York, NY
2005 NY loves LV, Curated by Lisa Stefanelli, Dust Gallery. Las Vegas, NV
2004 Holiday Show 2004, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2004 95 Canal Project: Out of Our Element, Curated by Bettina Smith and Christina Warner, New York, NY
2004 Arts Council of Princeton, New Jersey
2004 Two by Two for Amfar, Dallas, TX
2004 Pelham Art Center Annual Benefit, Pelham, New York, NY
2004 Art London with Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
2004 Benefit Exhibition for the New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign, The Proposition, New York, NY
2003 Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
2003 Summer Group Show and Invitational, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Ten Years in Columbus. Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2003 On and Off the Wall: The New York Foundation for the Arts’ Painting Fellows, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York
2003 Auction to Benefit Trisha Brown Dance Company, Pace Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Two by Two for Amfar, Dallas, TX
2003 Chicago 2003 with Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
2002 Winter Group Show, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Works on Paper, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Small, Museum Editions Art Advisors, New York, NY
2001 Art Heals, Twin Towers Orphan Fund, New York, NY
2001 Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Art Miami with Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Miami, FL
2001 Art 2001 with Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
2000 Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
2000 Panel Paintings, Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
2000 New Museum Benefit, New York, NY
2000 Monotype, Malca Fine Art, New York, NY
1999 Size Matters, Curated by Mike Weiss, Brooklyn, NY
1999 Summertime, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
1999 Three Americans, Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
1999 Art for Kid’s Sake, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
1999 Art 99 with Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
1998 Empire State Pride Agenda Auction, New York, NY
1998 Jewel Box Project, GAGA, New York, NY
1998 Paullina Cupana: A Group Show, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Glyphriff 2. Curated by Max Henry, New York Art Exchange, New York, NY
1998 Panel Paintings, Wilson Stephens Fine Art, London, UK
1998 Benefit Auction, Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Anti-Defamation, New York, NY
1997 Prose-Thesis, Mottworks, Paris, France
1997 Race Cars and Other Fast Art, Stefanelli Exhibition Space, New York, NY
1997 Art for Kid’s Sake, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
1997 Why Do You Look at Me So Strangely? Planet Thai, Brooklyn, NY
1997 Alive and Well, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Collector’s Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1997 Empire State Pride Agenda Auction, New York, NY
1997 Blanc & White, Mottworks, New York, NY
1997 Gramercy International Contemporary Photography Fair, New York. In association with Throckmorton Fine Arts, New York, NY
1996 Link, Gerald Peters, Dallas, TX
1996 No England/No Amsterdam, Curated by Mike and Doug Starn, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1996 Three Rivers Arts Festival, Curated by Dan Cameron, Pittsburgh, PA
1995 Inaugural Exhibition, Morris Healy Gallery, New York, NY
1995 McKinney Avenue Contemporary’s Members Invitational, Dallas, TX
1995 Site Santa Fe. In association with Throckmorton Fine Arts, New York, NY
1995 Link, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
1995 White Columns, New York, NY
1995 Red Windows Project, Barney’s, New York, NY
1994 Gramercy International with Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Small Paintings, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Some Paintings, Lipton/Owens Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Selections, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Chamber 1, Curated by Steve Brower and Melissa Dadourian, New York, NY
1993 The Animal in Me, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Outside Possibilities, Curated by Bill Arning, The Rushmore Festival, Woodbury, NY
1992 The Neurotic Art Show II, The Return of the Repressed, Artists Space, New York, NY
1992 The Root of All Good (and Evil), B.W.A.C. 10th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, New York, NY
1992 White Columns, New York, NY
1991 Ornament: Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, John Post Lee Gallery, New York, NY
1990 China: June 4, l989, P.S. 1, New York, NY
1989 Outside the Clock, Beyond Good and Elvis, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Sculpture, White Columns, New York, NY
1988 Group Show, Rastovski Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Washington Square East Small Works, New York, NY
1987 Summer Invitational, Rastovski Gallery, New York, NY
1987 New Work, New York, Jon Gerstad Gallery, New York, NY
1986 The Christmas Show, Jon Gerstad Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Concert for a Party of Squid, MFA Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
1986 The Box Project, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, The Netherlands
1986 Installation, Windows of Bergdorf-Goodman, New York, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Peter Frank. Haiku Reviews: Art 2014 Roundup VII. (review of exhibition James Kelly Contemporary). Huffington Post   January 16, 2015
Claude Smith. New American Paintings blog review of ‘Matt Magee: Recent Paintings and Sculptures’ James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe   Sept 29, 2014
Jenna Duncan. Grant Street Studios: The Apex of ASU’s Graduate Art Program. Java ART/IDEAS/TASTE/PHOENIX.   April 2014
Jeff Bergman. 75th – Matt Magee: An Interview. Atlas/contemporary art news and reviews.   March/April 2014.
Ian Wallace. The Studio Assistant Family Tree: A Genealogy of Artists & Their Proteges. ARTSPACE. March 26, 2014
Linda Marston Reid. Exhibit features many of region’s top artists (Imogen Holloway Gallery ‘From the Vault’)   Poughkeepsie Journal Arts section. Feb. 10, 2014
Michael Hoinski. Six Must-Attend Events: January 3-5. The State’s Top Offerings, From Pop Art Cave Relic Paintings to Awe-Inspiring NASA Imagery Set To An Out-Of-This-World Symphony.   Texas Monthly.   January 2014
Michael Hoinski. Cave Man: Matt Magee at Hiram Butler. The New York Times. January 2, 2014.
Paul Laster. Matt Magee: Circa 1994 at Hiram Butler Gallery. On-Verge, alternative art criticism.   December 30, 2013.
Joshua Fischer.   100 Words: Matt Magee at Hiram Butler. Glasstire (Texas visual art) December 21, 2013
Jenny Antill. Editor’s Picks. PaperCity Magazine, Houston. December 2013
New Editions: Matt Magee.   Art in Print – Weekly News. November 2013
Adrian Gomez. Matthew Magee details his learning experience as Tamarind Institute’s
Artist in Residence.   Albuquerque Journal   September 1, 2013
Dolores Tropiano. Phoenix Files Arts.   Artist of the Month Matt Magee.   Phoenix Magazine July 2013
Molly Glentzer. PrintHouston pushes boundaries. Houston Chronicle. June 9, 2013
Cory Galvan. Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles. www.frontdoornews.com May 15, 2013
Isabel Elorrieta. In the Workshop (Tamarind Institute). Grabado y Edicion, Barcelona. May 2013.
Richard Tobin. Art of Renewal.   James Kelly Contemporary exhibition review. THE Magazine , Santa Fe’s Monthly.   February/March 2013
Kelly Klaasmeyer. Matt Magee Paintings at Hiram Butler. Houston Press. Nov. 15, 2011
Franklin Einspruch. The Last Gesture Succeeds, Despite Cognitive Slurry. Arts
Fuse, Culture of New England.   May 13, 2011
Mark Wiener and Linda DiGusta. A Madison Avenue Art Walk. The Huffington Post. Nov. 30, 2010
Roberta Smith. Matt Magee: New Paintings. New York Times. Nov. 12, 2010
Charlie Finch.   The Ripple Effect. Artnet.com   Nov. 2, 2010
Paul Laster. Matt Magee New Paintings. Time Out New York. Oct. 25, 2010
Mike Daniel. “Formica Formatted” at the Contemporary. Dallas Morning News. December 29, 2006
Abby Luby. “Silvermine exhibit showcases top Northeast artists”. The Advocate and Greenwich Time. May 14, 2006
Philip Eliasoph. “Nerviness, raw ambition spark Silvermine show”. Connecticut Post. May 14, 2006
Katie Stone. “Chambers Echoes are once again heard”. www.nyfa.org January 2005
Nick Stillman. “Power base” www.offoffoff.com Dec. 27, 2004
Robert Berlind. Art in America, exhibition review. February, 2001
Max Henry. “Gotham Dispatch”, artnet.com. October 12, 2000
Ken Johnson. The New York Times, Art in Review, September 29, 2000
Carol Kino. Time Out New York, Art Reviews. October 2-9, 1997
Robert Murdock. Review Magazine, September 15, 1997
Janet Kutner. “Texas Bound”, Dallas Morning News, June 27, 1996
Robert Mahoney. “In the Galleries”, Art & Antiques, May 1991

 

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