Matthew Ritchie

by Saturday, May 9, 2015

Born 1964
Lives and works in New York City.


Ritchie’s contribution to the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall will continue his exploration of the possibilities, limitations, and collaborative capabilities of various media. Here, painting escapes its traditional confines both dimensionally—by extending across the art wall to the adjacent bay of windows—as well as materially—through the inclusion of sound. The imagery, like the Dewey Square mural, will be composed of dark, gestural and diagrammatic lines on a pale background. The drawing on the wall will become more and more colorful as it reaches the windows, where the drawing will erupt with complexity and color.


1983-86 BFA, Camberwell School of Art, London
1982 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

The ‘Ten Possible Links’ are a series of subtly vibrant and densely layered paintings that investigate the abstract imagery of Ritchie’s sculpture and cinematic landscapes through multiple diagrammatic and painterly gestures. Within an organic amassing of form, Ritchie creates densely layered eco-systems of information, retaining multiple styles of presentation. These canvases contain activity of complex natures, experiences, states, but their rich and saturated beauty also captures moments of stillness where something impossible to grasp is left un-grasped. The images are saturated with light and meaning, but bruised, as if the very process of examination is changing the physics of the forms described. Posed against a white ground, they could be emerging from what Paul Klee called ‘the interworld’, the dimensionless space of possibility.

Food and Drug Administration, Silver Springs, MD, “This Garden at This Hour,” Dedication October 1
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Ten Possible Links,” September 12 – October 22
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, exhibition of commissioned sound works
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, “Remanence,” 2013 – 2014 (catalogue)

ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, “The Morning Line,” September 15 – present
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, “Slow Light,” July 26 – September 2

Barbican Theatre, London, “The Long Count,” February 2-4

Performa Biennal, New York, NY, ‘The Likeness of a Crown’, November 1-10,
L & M Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Holland Festival, Amsterdam,’The Long Count’, June 1-2
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, ‘The Morning Line”‘, June 5





Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, “On Nature,” June 28 – August 2
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA, “Expanding the Field of Painting,” May 1 – October 12, 2014
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami), Miami, FL, “Pivot Points – 15 Years and Counting,” March 22 – May 19
CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain, “Pasión II. Colección Carmen Riera,” February 21 – ongoing
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, “The Art of the Empire: Three Centuries of British
Art,” February 23 – September 30

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, “Architectural Environments for Tomorrow,” October 29 – January 15, 2012 (catalogue)
Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, “Seeing/Knowing,” October 27 – March 4, 2012
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Boston, MA, January 25 – March 12, 2011
Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo NY, ‘Surveyor’, February 11 – June 5, 2011

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, “Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, February 12–April 28
National Arts Club, New York NY, ‘Contemporary Magic’.




“After Light,” Buena Vista Building, Miami, Florida, 2014
“This Garden at This Hour,” Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2014
“Line of Play,” Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 2009
“Stare Decisis”, “Life, Liberty and Pursuit”, Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse,
Eugene, Oregon, 2006
“Games of Chance and Skill ” Albert and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
“The Deep Six”, Shiodome City Center, Tokyo, 2002



Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California
Cowboys Stadium, Texas
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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