Matt Saunders

Overview

Born 1975, Tacoma (Washington, USA)
Lives and works in Berlin, New York and Boston

Matt Saunders studied at Harvard, Cambridge and at Yale University, where he was trained as a painter. He has been the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award (2009) and the Prix Jean- François Prat award (2013). Matt Saunders has exhibited his work internationally at such institutions as the Tate Liverpool (2012) and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2010). His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2011), the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2008), and P.S. 1 MoMA, Long Island City (2001).

Saunders’ works are a painting/photography hybrid whose final form is a photographic print. At their most basic, his works begin with small ink on mylar sketches derived from film and television stills. These mylar sketches are then used as negatives, either contact printed (laid directly on top of photo paper and then developed), or placed in an enlarger. As negatives, the mylar sketches are done in reverse-those parts which appear lighter in the photograph are darker on the painted negative and vice versa.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born 1975, Tacoma, United States. Lives and works in Berlin, New York and Boston

 

EDUCATION

2002 – Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT (MFA Painting / Printmaking)

1997 – Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (BA, Summa Cum Laude, Visual and Environmental Studies)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Weaving, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018

Matt Saunders, Librarie Marian Goodman, Paris, France

Poems of Our Climate, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2017

Qiao Space, TANK Project Space, Houston, United States

Tank Shanghai Project Space, China

Currents 114, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States

2016

Inondé, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

Two Worlds, Blum & Poe, Shibuya Tokyo, Japan

2015

Matt Saunders, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, United States

Matt Saunders, Editions at BORCHs Butik, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

Slow fading Hand, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013

Matt Saunders: Century Rolls, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York City, United States

2012

Tate Liverpool, Century Rolls, Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Movies That Were Secret Remain Secret Somehow and A Nation Forgets Its Pleasures, Project For The Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center For The Visual Arts, Harvard University, United States

Pleasures, Project For The Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center For The Visual Arts, Harvard University, United States

2011

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

2010

Parallel Plot, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, United States

People on Sunday, Harris Lieberman, New York City, United States

Occasionals and Danger Men, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

Buster, Clockwork, Berlin, Germany

2009

Binsey Poplars, Harris Lieberman, New York City, United States

2008

Art Statements, Art|39|Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Gallery Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

2007

Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

Prison Scene, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

House Arrest, Homie, Berlin, Germany

2006

Harris Lieberman, New York City, United States

Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

Grimm / Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

2004

Grimm / Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

2003

Slept, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York City, United States

Two Videos, Sert Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, United States

2001

Screen Test, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

1999

Matt Saunders (organized by Ada Polla), In Vitro Alternative Space, Geneva, Switzerland

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

The World on Paper, Palais Populaire, Berlin, Germany

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer in BORCHs Butik, Copenhagen, Denmark

High Noon, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany

A brune figure in winter evening resists identity, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany

2017

Screens: Virtual Material, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, United States

In the Abstract, MASS MoCA, North Adams, United States

2016

Double-take: Drawing and Photography, Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Le Prix Jean-François Prat, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2015

Images that Speak, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Summer in the City no.10, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Rest Is Silence: Agnes Martin, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

2014

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013

Test Pattern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

VIDEO, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Theatrical Gestures, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

2012

Harris Lieberman, New York City, United States

The 2012 de Cordova Biennial, Lincoln, United States

Still, Frith Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

The 2012 de Cordova Biennial, de Cordova Museum, Lincoln, United States

2011

Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 2011, United Arab Emirates (catalog)

The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, United States

The Ephemeral, Arndt, Berlin, Germany

2010

Stop. Move., Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, United States

Sassa Trülzsch, Berlin, Germany

Ratio 3, San Francisco, United States

2009

Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Museum of Art, United States

PRIVATE VIEW II, Andreas Grimm Munchen, Munich, Germany

Unaddressed Circumventions: Folds From a Failed Suicide, Gresham’s Ghost, New York City, United States

A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York City, United States

2008

Passageworks: Contemporary Art from the Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, United States

Politics, Maisterra Valbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain

Freeway Balconies, curated by Collier Schorr, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany

2007

Sweet Bird of Youth (curated by Hedi Slimane), Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Blind Date Istanbul, Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Tiere II, Kuhstall Moosalpe, Thalkirchdorf/Allgäu, Oberstaufen, Germany

2006

Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany

Liquid Paper – Pure Land, Ratio 3, San Francisco, United States

2005

Founders Day, Grimm/Rosenfeld, New York City, United States

The Parable Show, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York City, United States

2004

Hotel Hollywood (curator: Swetlana Heger), Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Austria

She’s Come Undone, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, United States

Works on Paper, Southfirst, Brooklyn, United States

2003

Lazarus Effect, Prague Biennial 1, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Veletrzni Palac (curated by Lauri Firstenberg), Prague, Czech Republic

2003

Fair Play, Play Gallery for Still and Motion Pictures, Berlin, Germany

Game Over, Grimm / Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City, United States

2002

Immediate Gesture, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York City, United States

On Paper, Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

Enough About Me (curated by Deborah Kass), Momenta Art, Brooklyn, United States

MFA Thesis Show 2002,Yale University School of Art, New Haven, United States

2001

B-Hotel, P.S.1, Long Island City, United States

Wight Biennial Twothousandandone, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States

1999

Beyond Flaming, Galerie Atelier A48, Grenoble, France

 

AWARDS

2001 Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship
1997 Louis Sudler Prize
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
UCLA Hammer Museum, Calfornia
Yale University Art Gallery
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston