Art Basel Miami Beach: Matt Connors and Bernard Piffaretti

December 5-8, 2013
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Installation at Art Basel Miami Beach
Works by Matt Connors and Bernard Piffaretti
December 5-8, 2013

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Cherry and Martin is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of works by Matt Connors and Bernard Piffaretti. The presentation at Nova is a continuation of the conversation Connors and Piffaretti began in “Report,” a highly-successful exhibition of Piffaretti’s works curated by Matt Connors at Cherry and Martin in January 2013. “Report” was the first exhibition in the United States in over ten years for the Paris-based Piffaretti. It was the first time he had ever exhibited his work in Los Angeles.

For more than 30 years, Piffaretti has expressed the virtues and contradictions of painting, pairing codes of modern abstraction with a strict conceptual methodology. By vertically dividing the canvas into two equal halves creating the one side as the original and the other side its copy, Piffaretti has shaped his oeuvre into a multi-perplexing paradox that runs the gamut of painting’s canon while forming the quintessential Duchampian question to the audience.

Matt Connors’ open-ended approach to art-making embraces movement, change and meaning. Many of Connors’ works invoke physical methods like dripping, rubbing and staining. Describing the paintings in “Impressionism,” Connors’ recent solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, Museum of Modern Art curator Peter Eleey writes that Connors’ paintings are remarkable: “paint ends up in them, rather than on them.”

Matt Connors' large-scale sculptural work, “Demonstration (red and blue),” was featured inUnlimited at Art Basel in June. His work was included in the exhibition, “Painter, Painter” at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN). Recent solo and two-person museum exhibitions include “Impressionism,” (MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY); “Gas... Telephone... One Hundred Thousand Rubles,” (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany); and “Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily,” (Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX). In 2012, Matt Connors received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Grant and the Belgacom Art Prize. Born in 1973, he received his BFA in 1995 from Bennington College (Bennington, VT) and his MFA in 2006 from Yale University School of Art (New Haven, CT). He lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

Bernard Piffaretti has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Musée d’ Art Moderne (Saint-Etienne, France); Musée d’ Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO) (Geneva, Switzerland); Beaumont Public Gallery (Luxembourg); Sara Hilden Art Museum (Tampere, Switzerland); Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art (Paris, France); and Villa Arson (Nice, France). Piffaretti has been featured in museum group exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France); Hong Kong Museum; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art (Bordeaux, France); Joan Miro Foundation (Barcelona, Spain); National Gallery of the Grand Palais (Paris, France); and Switzerland Museum of Fine Arts (Bern, Switzerland). Piffaretti was born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France; he currently lives and works in Paris, France.