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Matt Phillips è un artista americano e nasce nel 1979 a Roanoke, Virginia. Attraverso i suoi dipinti a olio e acrilici astratti, Phillips gioca con il colore, la forma e il volume per creare relazioni spaziali dinamiche e mutevoli. Accompagna al lavoro artistico quello di critico, curatore e professore al FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) di New York. In una recente intervista Matt parla così delle suo opere. "Voglio che le mie opere prendano parte a uno spazio molto intimo: come un tenda che viene avanti e torna indietro nella stanza, di fianco ad una finestra aperta, oppure come una maglia che si muove quando qualcuno respira. Inoltre voglio che le mie opere contengano una specie di paradosso esistenziale. Le miei immagini sono realizzate in tempi lunghi e attraverso strati successivi, ma spero che l'immagine finale abbia una certa freschezza e leggerezza. I dipinti contengono le imperfezioni della mia mano ma raffigurano elementi geometrici obiettivi. Spesso le immagini iniziano su un reticolo ma ad un certo punto la spontaneità, la rivolta, la sfida e l'umorismo diventano l'unico modo per andare avanti.'' Attualmente Matt lavora e vive a Brooklyn, New York.

Matt Phillips is an American artist and was born in 1979 in Roanoke, Virginia. Through his abstract oil and acrylic paintings, Phillips plays with color, form, and volume—the building blocks of our artistic experience—to create dynamic, shifting spatial relationships.Matt is also a fellow of the Mac Dowell Colony, Yaddo, and AIR Serenbe, and a professor of art at FIT in New York City. In the recent interview "The Spacetime of Fine Art", for Nautilus, the artist spoke about his work. ''In my own paintings, I try to hold and release time for the viewer. Many of my works have no preconceived image or preliminary drawings. Instead, I just begin working directly on a canvas. Then by adjusting the composition, revising color, painting over, and course correcting, a painting begins to tighten its orbit around a subject. This process mirrors music composition, in which disparate notes are found, revised, and placed into sequence until they create tension and resonance''. Currently Matt works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.




“Piano, Piano”, Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, IT

“Matt Phillips: New Paintings”, One River School, Englewood, NJ

“About Looking: Matt Phillips & Travis Fairclough” curated by Catherine Haggarty, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY


“Yard Sale”, Devening Projects, Chicago, IL

“Comfort Inn", Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, NY


“Staring At The Sun With A Penny In My Pocket”, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME


“Matt Phillips: Small Paintings”, Karte Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Both, And: Recent Paintings by Matt Phillips” curated by John Stomberg, Branch Gallery, North Adams, MA

“This and Then”, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, NY


“Out Through The In Door”, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


“The Sun Machine is Coming Down”, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC


“Matt Phillips and Eliza Stamps”, Petra Projects, NY, NY




“Yevgeniya Baran, John Tilg And Matt Phillips”, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA


“Illustrative 17: The Biennale of Illustration and Graphic Art”, Johanssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

“New Paintings: Kyle Breitenbach, Matthew Fisher, Michele Hemsoth, & Matt Phillips", Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR

“Say Yes" curated by Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

“Points of Entry", Scotty Enterprises, Berlin, Germany

“20 x 16" curated by Geoffery Young, Morgan Lehman, NY, NY

Art Herning, Herning, Denmark


“Chronic Blooms”, Geoffery Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

“Hungry For Colour: Austin Eddy, Benjamin Edminston & Matt Phillips”, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

“Summerzcool”, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX

“Super Sketchy”, DCTV, NY, NY

“Rational Curves: Joy Curtis, Ryan DaWalt & Matt Phillips” curated by Robert Epstein, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

“You, Yes, You” curated by Meghan Brady, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

“Only Lovers”, Le Coeur, Paris, France


“I Can't Wait to Get Off Work” curated by Austin Eddy, Bannerette, Brooklyn, NY

“Printer's Proof: 30 Years at Wingate Studio”, Boston University Stone Gallery, Boston, MA

“Let's Go Away For Awhile” curated by Erik den Breejen and Maria Louisa Calandra, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

JustMad Art Fair, Madrid, Spain


Miami Project Art Fair, Miami, FL

“Back to the Future”, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY

“Diamonds and Doughnuts”, Geoffery Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

"The Jam 3.0 (With site-specific mural executed with Andrea Bergart)", Steven Harvey Projects, NY, NY

"The Jam 2 (With site-specific mural executed with Andrea Bergart)", New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

"Second Sight: Sean Green, Matt Phillips and Russel Tyler", Brian Morris Gallery, NY, NY


“Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1”, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY


“Fresh Prints”, Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv, Israel

“Against the Grain” curated by Amir Fallah, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"The Jam", Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, NY

"The Irreconcilable" with Jennifer Abessira, Avner Ben Gal, MAtt Phillips, Tal R, Jonas Wood and Guy Yanai, The Spaceship at Ha Yarkon 70, Tel Aviv, Israel

Mt. Holyoke College Museum, South Hadley, MA


“Mix and Match”, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania

"Printmaking!" curated by Sarah Suzuki and Emi Eu, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

"Get on the Block" curated by Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

"Fist City: EJ Hauser, Logan Grider, Matt Phillips and NathlieProvosty", Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY


“Pictured Thoughts" curated by Sean Greene, University of Massachussets, Amherst, MA

"Good to Pull", Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA


“Meghan Brady, Andy Ness & Matt Phillips: New Works on Paper”, Ganser Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

“1000 Days”, Scion Installation LA, Los Angeles, CA 

“Cadaver Corpse”, Golden Age, Chicago, IL

“Old School”, Jack the Pelican, Williamsburg, NY

"Sound & Vision: Circuit, Tube and Prism" curated by Gideon Bok, Space Gallery, Portland, ME


“Gangbusters”, Plane Space Gallery, NY, NY


PUBLICATIONS - selection


San Marco - Archival digital edition published by Exhibition A

Comfort Inn - Exhibition Catalogue. Essay by Roger White


Second Sight: Sean Green, Matt Phillips and Russel Tyler - Exhibition Catalogue. Essay by Geoffrey Young


The irreconcilable: Jennifer Abessira, Avner Ben Gal, Matt Phillips, Tal R, Jonas Wood and Guy Yanai - Exhibition Catalogue. Essay by Guy Yanai


1000 Days - Exhibition Catalogue. Essay by Seth Curcio


The Sun Machine is Down - Exhibition Catalogue. Essays by Seth Curcio & Dushko Petrovich

PRESS/ MEDIA - selection


"Interview: Matt Phillips", Brian Alfred,

"Yevgeniya Baras with Matt Phillips", Yevgeniya Baras,


“The Jam 3.0”, Roberta Smith, New York Times

"Best Summer Group Show", Editor's Pick, The L magazine

"Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed", Martha Schwendener, New York Times


"Matt Phillips: Impersonal Simplicity Sparks Personal Complexity", John Seven, North Adams Tanscript

Featured Artist for the Harvard Business Review (pp 9, 61, 62, 63, 65, 81, 88, 140)

"Matt Phillips - This and Then at SHFAP", Guy Yanai, The Telavivan

"Matt Phillips", Sharon Butler, Two Coats of

"The Scattered Geometries of Matt Phillips", Allegra Kirkland,


"Fresh Prints", National Daily Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

"The Jam", Lance Esplund, Bloomberg

"The Irreconcilable", Maariv National Daily, Tel Aviv, Israel


"Upstate Downstate", Michael Wilson,

"Print Center's Venerable Small Show is Big on Sophistication", Victoria Donohoe, Philadelphia Iquirer

"Fist City at Fowler Arts", James Kalm, Rough Cuts

"Brooklyn Dispatches", James Kalm, The Brooklyn Rail


"Color Blocking is the New Black", Campoy-Leffler, Fine Arts LA


"The Sun Machine is Coming Down", Seth Curcio,



Piano, Piano

06.04.2017 - 01.06.2017
Opening 06.04.2017 - 18:30


Matt Phillips

Piano, Piano 2017