Tony Matelli

Tony Matelli (°1971, Chicago, IL) is an American artist working predominantly in the field of sculpture. The artist frequently focuses on themes of time, ambivalence, banality, and wonder. In Matelli’s work the physical laws of objects are often reversed, upended or atomized, and with these deft manipulations of matter and gravity come profound reorientations in perspective and ultimately, states of being.

EXHIBITIONS

2019

Marlborough Contemporary, New York, USA (forthcoming)

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, ‘TONY MATELLI [solo-exhibition]’, Stockholm, Sweden

2018

Pilevneli Gallery, ‘Lapses’, Istanbul, Turkey

Real Estate Fine Art, ‘TONY MATELLI’, New York, USA

I hope all is well…, ‘500 Capp Street’, California, USA

2017

Marlborough Contemporary, ‘Past – Life’, London, United Kingdom

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Hera’, Connecticut, USA

2016

The State Hermitage Museum, ‘Realisms’, St. Petersburg, Russia

2015

Marlborough Chelsea, ‘Garden’, New York, USA

Marlborough Broome Street, ‘Garden’, New York, USA

2014

Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc., ‘Tony Matelli, Olaf Bruening, John Miller’, Moscow, Russia

The Davis Museum, Wellesley College, ‘Tony Matelli: New Gravity’, Massachusetts, USA

2013

Stephane Simoens Contemporary, ‘TONY MATELLI’, Knokke, Belgium

White Flag Projects, ‘Tony Matelli’, Missouri, USA

Bergen Kunstmuseum, ‘Tony Matelli – A HUMAN ECHO’, Bergen, Norway

Green Gallery, ‘Windows, Walls and Mirrors’, Wisconsin, USA

2012

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, ‘Echoes’, Stockholm, Sweden

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, ‘Tony Matelli – A HUMAN ECHO’,Aarhus, Denmark

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘Windows, Walls and Mirrors’, New York, USA

2011

Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, ‘Falkenrot Prize 2011: Tony Matelli: Glass of Water’, Berlin, Germany

Selestat Bienniale, ‘Glass of Water’, Selestat, France

2010

Andrehn-Schiptjenko, ‘The Constant Now’, Stockholm, Sweden

Andrehn-Schiptjenko, ‘Tony Matelli: Mirror Paintings’, Stockholm, Sweden

Stephane Simoens Contemporary, ‘Mise en Abyme’, Knokke, Belgium

2009

Green Gallery, ‘Yesterday’, Wisconsin, USA

Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc., ‘The Idiot’, Moscow, Russia

Galerie Charlotte Moser, ‘Life and Times’, Geneva, Switzerland

Palais de Tokyo, ‘Abandon’, Paris, France

2008

Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc., ‘Survival’, Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala Kunstmuseum, ‘Survival’, Moscow, Russia

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘The Old Me’, New York, USA

Stephane Simoens, ‘Self Portraits with Phillip Akkerman,’, Knokke, Belgium

2007

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘New Works’, New York, USA

2006

Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

Charlotte Moser Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2005

Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, ‘TONY MATELLI Solo Show’, Paris, France

Centre d’Arte Santa Monica, ‘Abandon’, Barcelona, Spain

2004

Kunsthalle Wien, ‘Abandon’, Vienna, Austria

Kunstraum Dornbirn, ‘Fucked and The Oracle’, Dornbirn, Austria

2003

Institute of Visual Art Center (inova), ‘Alley Oop’, Wisconsin, USA

University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, ‘Tokyo Boogie’ Tears’, Alabama, USA

2002

Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, ‘TONY MATELLI Solo Show’, Paris, France

Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy

Sperone Jr., Rome, Italy

Bailey Fine Art, Toronto, Canada

2001

Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

Art Dealers Invitational, Marseilles, France

2000

Sies+ Hoeke Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Ten in One Gallery, New York, USA

Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Gallery du Triangle, Bordeaux, France

1999

University of Buffalo Art Gallery, ‘Abandon’, New York

Andrehn Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

Basilico Fine Arts, New York, USA

1997

Basilico Fine Arts, New York, USA

Ten in One Gallery, Illinoi, USA

1998

2019

National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, ‘Reshaped Reality.50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Taipei, Taiwan

La Boverie, ‘Reshaped Reality.50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Liege, Belgium (forthcoming)

Jeffrey Deitch Projects, ‘People: Figurative Sculpture’, California, USA (forthcoming)

2018

St. Kongensgade 50, ‘[Entro’pi?] Curated by Lars Rahbek’, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ceysson & Bénétière, ‘Relics’, Paris, France

Grey Art Gallery, ‘Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining The Sublime Curated by Joel Sternfeld’, New York, USA

Jeffrey Deitch Projects, ‘People: Figurative Sculpture’, New York, USA

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Objects Like Us’, Connecticut, USA

Shane Campbell Gallery, ‘This Is A Pipe: Realism And The Found Object In Contemporary Art’, Illinoi, USA

Kunsthal Rotterdam, ‘Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Kunsthalle Tubingen, ‘Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Puttemberg, Germany

Heydar Aliyev Center, ‘Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Baku, Azerbaijan

2017

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, ‘The Sunshine Eaters’, Toronto, Canada

Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, ‘Beyond Nature’, Paris, France

Smart Fine Arts, ‘What’s Up- The Americas’, London, United Kingdom

Museum Voorlinden, ‘de tussentijd (the meantime)’, Wassenaar, Netherlands

Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, ‘August Sun’, Georgia, USA

The Israel Museum, ‘No Place Like Home’, Jerusalem, Israel

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, ‘Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Ishøj, Denmark

National Gallery of Australia, ‘Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’,Parkes, Australia

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, ‘Just The Facts’, Wisconsin, USA

2016

Marlborough Chelsea, ‘SMS SOS’, New York, USA

The High Line, ‘Wanderlust’, New York, USA

10 Hanover, ‘Ancient Echo’, London, United Kingdom

Bill Brady Gallery, ‘Fountain of Youth’, Florida, USA

Flag Art Foundation, ‘Summer School’, New York, USA

Art Basel Miami Beach Public 2016, The Bass Museum of Art, ‘Ground Control’, Florida, USA

Van Buuren Museum, ‘Comme si de rien n’était (As If Nothing had Happened)’, Brussels, Belgium

Art Brussels, Sorry We Are Closed, ‘Green Doesn’t Sell’, Brussels, Belgium

The State Hermitage Museum, ‘Realisms’, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Watermill Center, New York, USA

Marlborough Contemporary, ‘So I turned myself to face me’, London, United Kingdom

Eric Firestone Gallery, ‘Fresh Cuts’, New York, USA

Fraenkel Gallery, ‘Home Improvements’, California, USA

Bubox, ‘Forever’, Kortrijk, Belgium

NCCA, ‘Mystifiers’, Moscow, Russia

Museo de Bellas Artes, ‘Reshaping Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, Bilbao, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, ‘Reshaping Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture’, A.C., Mexico

2015

MoMA PS1, ‘Greater New York’, New York, USA

The Moore Building, ‘Unrealism, Presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch’, Florida, USA

Gary Tatintsian Gallery, ‘Mutated Reality’, Moscow, Russia

The Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, ‘Bottoms Up: A Sculpture Survey’, Kentucky, USA

Plutschow Gallery, ‘Brunch Over Troubled Water’, Zurich, Switzerland

LARM Galleri, ‘At the Crack of Dawn’, Copenhagen, Denmark

Galeria Marlborough, ‘Eagles II’, Madrid, Spain

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Seven Deadly Sins: LUST’, New York, USA

Synchrotron Radiation Center: Home of Aladdin, ‘Condensed Matter Community’, Wisconsin, USA

2014

Marlborough Broome Street, ‘Walk-ins Welcome’, New York, USA

Broadway Mall Association, ‘Broadway Morey Boogie’, New York, USA

Marlborough Chelsea and Marianne Bosky Gallery, ‘Another Look at Detroit Curated by Todd Levin,’, New York, USA

Monya Rowe Gallery, ‘Vintage Violence’, New York, USA

Galerie Ronaldo Anselmi, ‘About Sculpture #1’, Berlin, Germany

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, ‘Baroque’, Stockholm, Sweden

2013

Marlborough Chelsea, ‘Double Hamburger Deluxe’, New York, USA

Contemporary Art Galleries, ‘UNCANNY’, Connecticut, USA

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, ‘Director’s Choice 7-9-13’, Aarhus, Denmark

The FLAG Art Foundation, ‘SOMETHING ABOUT A TREE’, New York, USA

Hyde Park Art Center, ‘A Study in Midwestern Appropriation’, Illinois, USA

Marlborough Broome Street, ‘Pizza Time!’, New York, USA

Green Gallery, ‘Beer Show’, Wisconsin, USA

Association pour la Diffusion International de l’Art Francais, ‘De leur Temps 4’, Paris, France

Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, ‘Quiet Works’, Pennsylvania, USA

El Segundo Museum of Art,, ‘Desire’, California, USA

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art
Park, ‘LOST (in LA), Flax (France Los Angeles Exchange)’, California, USA

Goethe Institut and Sint Lukas Gallery, ‘Cultural Freedom in Europe’, Brussels, Belgium

2012

Columbus College of Art and Design, ‘Simulacrum Curated by Michael Goodson’, Ohio, USA

Renwick Gallery, ‘He Is Transparent’, New York, USA

Anderson Gallery at VCU, ‘you, your sun and shadow Curated by Michael Jones McKean,’, Virginia, USA

2011

Leo Koenig Incy, ‘Dark Christmas’, New York, USA

Mitchell-Innes and Nash, ‘December Curated by Howie Chen’, New York, USA

Selestat Biennal, ‘Selestat Biennal Curated by Hans Dunser, Olivier Grasser, Sophie Kaplan,
Pierre-Olivier Rollin, and Otto Teichert’
, Bas-Rhin, France

Musée Nissim de Camondo, ‘echos’, Paris, France

Donjon de Vez, ‘Small, Medium, Large Curated by Francis Breist and Susanne van Hagen’, Donjon, France

Paul Kasmin Gallery, ‘Pretty on the Inside Curated by Erik Parker and KAWS’, New York, USA

Galerie Loevenbruck, ‘Sculptures’, Paris, France

54th International Venice Biennale:
ILLUMInations, ‘Personal Structures Curated by Karlyn De Jongh and Sarah Gold’, Venice, Italy

White Flag Projects, ‘Impossible Vacation’, Missouri, USA

Le Frac des Pays de la Loire, ‘Fragmentations’, Carquefou, France

2010

Gian Enzo Sperone, ‘Hunters & Gatherers’, Sent, Switzerland

Galerie Charlotte Moser, ‘A vos papiers’, Geneva, Switzerland

LARMgalleri, ‘Transcending…’, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gering & Lopez, ‘Love in Vein’, New York, USA

Spencer Brownstone, ‘No Show’, New York, USA

Mudam Luxembourg, ‘Just Love Me’, Luxembourg,Luxembourg

The White Box, ‘The Wasteland’, New York, USA

Fine Art in Space, ‘Both Sides of the Pulaski Curated by Andrea Salerno’, New York, USA

Stephane Simoens, ‘Hyping the Real’, Knokke, Belgium

Kunsthalle Emden, ‘Realismus: Das Abenteurer der Wirklichdeit’, Emden, Germany

Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, ‘N’importe Quoi’, Lyon, France

CAPC, ‘Back to the Future: Buy-Self’, Bordeaux, France

APEX Art, ‘Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me It’s Raining’, New York, USA

Blind Sculpture Curated by Gelitin, ‘Greene Naftali’, New York, USA

2009

KunstMuseum, ‘Ferne Näehe’, Bonn, Germany

Yale School of Art, ‘Infinitesimal Eternity, Images Made in the Face of Spectacle’, Connecticut, USA

Vanmoerkerke Collection, ‘The Effect of Modern Art on Green Circles Curated by Anselm Franke’, Oostende, Belgium

Forest City Gallery, ‘Guided By Voices’, Ontario, Canada

Haunch of Venison, ‘The Figure and Dr Freud’, New York, USA

Palais de Tokyo, ‘Chasing Napoleon’, Paris, France

The Cultural Foundation, ‘Persona. Image. Time. Human Representation in Art: from Modernism to Present-day,’, Moscow, Russia

Taxter & Spengemann, ‘Nature en Kit’, Lausanne, Switzerland

MUDAC, ‘Time-Life’, New York, USA

State National Centre of Contemporary Art Moscow, ‘Another Mythology’, Moscow, Russia

2008

Max Lang, ‘Evolution’, New York, USA

Gary Tatintsian Gallery, ‘Bad Planet’, Moscow, Russia

la Suma de Todas, ‘Esculturismo’, Madrid, Spain

The FLAG Art Foundation, ‘Attention to Detail Curated by Chuck Close’, New York, USA

Gallerie LOYAL, ‘Faxination Curated by Bill Saylor’, Stockholm, Sweden

Stephane Simoens, ‘New Media’, Knokke, Belgium

Maribel Lopez Gallery, ‘Fuck You Human’, Berlin, Germany

2007

Grande Halle de la Villette, ‘Betes et Hommes’, Paris, France

Whitney Museum at Altria, ‘Undone’, New York, USA

The Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, ‘Movement, Evolution, Art’, Moscow, Russia

Galerie Charlotee Moser, ‘Stranger than Paradise Curated by Max Henry’, Geneva, Switzerland

Cheim & Read, ‘I AM AS YOU WILL BE: Skeletons in Art’, New York, USA

Allston Kirt Gallery, ‘Pull My Finger Curated by Joe Zane’, Massachusetts, USA

Georg-Kolbe-Museum, ‘The Power of the Physical – SCULPTURE TODAY!’, Berlin, Germany

CAC in Cincinnati, ‘Baroque Biology (with Alexis Rockman)’, Ohio, USA

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, ‘Still Life’, Dunedin, New Zealand

2006

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Arts,, ‘Hysteria Siberiana Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler,’, Lisbon, Portugal

Palais de Tokyo, ARCO ’06, ‘Five Billion Years’, Paris, France

AFoundation, ‘The Furnace Curated by Goschka Macuga’, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Galerie Anne de Villepois, ‘Helter, Helter Curated by Max Henry’, Paris, France

MOMA, PS1, ‘Into Me, Out of Me Curated by Klaus Biesenbach’, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Contemporary Art Institute, New York, USA

Gary atintsian Gallery, ‘Create Your Own Museum’, Moscow, Russia

2005

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘Self Preservation Society’, New York, USA

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘Leaving Cockaigne’, New York, USA

Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, ‘It’ll Cost You… Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoddy’, New York, USA

Homage to H.C. Andersen, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, ‘Fairy Tales Forever’, Aarhus, Denmark

Hudson Valley Center For ContemporaryArt, ‘Figure It Out’, New York, USA

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, ‘The Altoids Collection’, Texas, USA

The Domus Artium 2, Centre of Contemporary Art of
Salamanca, ‘Baroque and Neo-Baroque. The Hell of the Beautiful’, Tasmania, Australia.

Gary Tatintsian Gallery, ‘We Can Do It!’, Moscow, Russia

2004

The Cleveland Museum of Art, ‘Needful Things: Recent Multiples’, Ohio, USA

Leo Koenig Inc., ‘Altered States’, New York, USA

Galerie Faurschou, ‘Making VIsible’, Copenhagen, Denmark

Die Zehn Gebote, Hygiene Museum, ‘The Ten Commandments’, Dresden, Germany

Cheim & Reid Gallery, ‘I am the Walrus Curated by Jan Avgikos’, New York, USA

Riva Gallery, ‘Beautiful Grotesque’, New York, USA

100 x Kunst am Karlsplatz, ‘What is Art Good For?’, Wien, Austria

Swiss Institute,, ‘Five Billion Years Curated by Marc Olivier’, New York, USA

Tate, Liverpool, ‘The Uncanny Curated by Mike Kelley,’, Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Michael Koehler Arts Center, ‘Metamorphosis’, Wisconsin, USA

2003

Cranbrook Art Museum, ‘101 Treasures of The Cranbrook Museum’, Michigan, USA

MOCA, ‘The Fourth Sex Curated by Francesco Bonami’, Illinois, USA

Daniel Silverstein Gallery, ‘100 Artists, 100 T-Shirts’, New York, USA

Kunsthalle Wien, ‘Instructions Curated by Gerald Matt Vienna’, Wien, Austria

outside installations, ‘PLOP – Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund Curated by Tom Eccles’, New York, USA

Frac, ‘Liquid Sky Curated by Marc Olivier Wahler’, Dijon, France

CRAC Alsace, ‘Narcissus Curated by Hilde Teerlinck’, Altkirch, France

Swiss Institute, ‘Extra Curated by Marc Oliver’, New York, USA

GALLERIA MARABINI, ‘There’s Always Tomorrow’, Bologna, Italy

2002

Greenberg can Doren Gallery, ‘Artemis’, New York, USA

El Infierno De Lo Bello, Domus Artium,, ‘Barrocos y Neobarrocos’, Salamanca, Spain

Neonopolis, ‘Leo Koenig Las Vegas’, Nevada, USA

Kogan Martos Gallery, ‘The Dubrow Biennial,’, New York, USA

2001

CAPC, ‘Vrai que Nature’, Bordeaux, France

Barbican Center, ‘The Americans’, London, United Kingdom

Asbaek, ‘Come On, Feel The Noise’, Copenhagen, Danmark

2000

Robert Birch Gallery, ‘Climbing the Walls Thinking it Mights Be a Way Out’, Toronto, Canada

Serpentine Gallery, ‘The Greenhouse Effect’, London, United Kingdom

PS1, ‘Greater New York’, New York, USA

Andrew Kreps, ‘Nothing’, New York, USA

MOCA, ‘Small World’, California, USA

S.M.A.K., ‘Over the Edges: the Corners of Gent Curated by Jan Hoet’, Gent, Belgium

1999

PPOW, ‘True West Curated by Jason Murison’, New York, USA

Serpentine Gallery, ‘Holding Court Curated by Keith Tyson’, London, United Kingdom

Public Art Fund, ‘In the Public Realm’, New York, USA

1998

Public Art Fund, ‘Beyond the Monument,’, New York, USA

Bard College for Curatorial Studies, ‘Yesterday Begins Tomorrow Curated by Franceso Bonami’, New York, USA

Aldrich Museum, ‘Pop Surrealism’, Connecticut, USA

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthalle, ‘Spatiotemporal-Works from the Collection 1988-1998’, Stockholm, Sweden

Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, ‘Pollution’, Milan, Italy

1997

Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, ‘To be Real’, California, USA

Bard College for Curatorial Studies, ‘Bring You Own Walkman’, Amsterdam, Nederland

1996

Northern Illinois University, ‘Clarity’, Illinois, USA

1995

Cranbrook Academy of Art, ‘Thesis Exhibition’, Michigan, USA

Born

  • Chicago, Illinois 1971

Reside

  • Lives and works in New York