Matthew Benedict

Born 1968
Hometown Rockville, CT
Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY
Education
BA, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 1991
Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art, New York Studio Program, New York, NY, 1988
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1987

Matthew Benedict Gallery Art

Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland

FRAC de Picardie, Amiens, France
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The New York Public Library, New York, NY
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, cA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
NASA Art Program, Washington, DC
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

Often working from photographs, Matthew Benedict creates paintings that relay archetypal or mythological narratives, carefully pulling parables from the ancient past into the present. Benedict grew up in New England and maritime themes and legends are prominent in his work, though the mythologies are often conflated with modern imagery and staged recreations that sometimes include evidence of their own artifice. His 2003 painting The Mariner’s Baptism depicts the god Neptune; despite all of the immortal’s grandeur, his beard is made of a mop, attached to his head by a clearly visible string. Such details are taken directly from Benedict’s source photographs, which render historical gravity with theatrical economy.

Benedict is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Versailles/Giverny Foundation Award. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Wuppertal Kunsthalle in Germany, and at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, among others.

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