In celebration of Matt Phillips, Meyerovich Gallery is featuring a collection of new works on paper by this prominent American artist entitled Matt Phillips: “I am not done with my changes” Stanley Kunitz, from his poem: The Layers. This exhibition covers a wide range of the artist’s work from 2009 through 2012. Carla Esposito Hayter describes the artist in her book, The Monotype: The History of a Pictorial Art, “Matt Phillips has a leading role in history of the American monotype, both for his own significant corpus of works and for his promotion of the medium.”
This exhibition includes many of Phillips’ best-known themes: gardens, nudes and landscapes. Phillips creates these works on a collage of colored paper that serves as a lively, rhythmic base for the transfer of colored inks. Phillips, who was a poet before he was a painter, describes his monotypes/collages as “. . . colored poems, enclosed in mystery.” Phillips explains: “somehow I was able to transfer whatever lurked behind making poetry into making visual art.” Included in the exhibition are a variety of recent expressionist works - even more abstract and fluid than his previous work. To this day, Matt Phillips continues to evolve and create awe-inspiring works; he is obviously not “done with his changes.”
Matt Phillips was born in New York City in 1927. He studied art at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University. In addition to reviewing collections of modern art in the U.S., Phillips traveled throughout Europe studying painting in the museums and studios there. He taught briefly in Paris but returned to the U.S. in 1964 to teach at Bard College in New York. He retired as head of the Art Department in 1987 and now devotes his time to exhibitions, travel and guest lectures.
Matt Phillips works have been acquired and exhibited in many museums and public collections around the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Baltimore Museum of Art; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Hirshhorn Museum of Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery, Rosenwald Collection, Washington, DC, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, New York Public Library, New York, NY, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and many others.
A 28 page full-color catalogue of the exhibition is available.