Matt Mullican (b. 1951)

Lot 55: Matt Mullican, Gouache, Abstract Composition, probably 1980s

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Gouache on paper, laid down on light cardboard
USA, probably 1980s
Matt Mullican (born 1951) - US-American artist
Cardboard dimensions: 50 x 35 cm, paper size: 15.2 x 25.9 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: German private collection
In 2011, the exhibition 'Vom Ordnen der Welt' at the Haus der Kunst in Munich presented the work of American artist Matt Mullican with great success. The auction record for gouaches by Matt Mullican is more than 9,000 euros

The present gouache is the work of the American artist Matt Mullican, and probably dates from the 1980s. The abstract composition is rendered in black and white, and appears in the form of a faceless crowd of people. In his work, Matt Mullican strives to recognize the order of the world. How does reality differ from perception? Mullican tries to categorize the meaning of things in an almost encyclopedic manner. Illustrating this personal world order, he uses his own color system, and combines it with found or hand-made pictographs. To this day, the artist continues working on his attempt to explain the world. In the past, this longing for a completely explainable universe was called 'utopia of eternity' by art critics.

The sheet is in very good condition. The cardboard shows slight wear marks. The dimensions of the cardboard are 50 x 35 cm, and the sheet measures 15.2 x 25.9 cm.

Matt Mullican (b. 1951)
The US-American concept artist, sculptor and professor Matt Mullican studied at the California Institute of the Arts. As a member of the 'Pictures Generation', he became popular along with artists such as Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Jack Goldstein and Troy Brauntuch. His work deals with systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and signification and have been exhibited at the Documenta 7, 9 and 10, at MoMA, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the National Gallery in Berlin, and at the Stedelijk Museum. After many activities as a guest lecturer, Matt Mullican was appointed professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg in 2009. Works by Mullican are on display in important art collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum Luzern, and the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid.

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