Matt Saunders  |  Biography


1975               Born in Tacoma, Washington, USA

                       Lives and works in Berlin



2002                  Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

                           Harvard College, Cambridge, MA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018                   Librarie Marian Goodman, Paris

                           Poems of Our Climate, Marian Goodman Gallery, London

2017                   Currents 114: Matt Saunders, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

                           Qiao Space, Shanghai, China

2016                  Two Worlds, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan

                           Inondé, Marian Goodman, Paris, France

2015                  A Year with 17 Moons, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

                          Marian Goodman, New York, NY

2014                   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

                          A Step Away From Them, Marian Goodman, Paris, France

2012                  Matt Saunders: The Movies That Were Secret Remain Secret Somehow and a Nation Forgets Its Pleasures, Carpenter Center for

                           the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

                           Century Rolls, Tate Liverpool, UK

2011                    Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

                           Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2010                   People on Sunday, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY

                           Parallel Plot, Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL

                           Occasionals and Danger Men, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

                           Buster, Clockwork, Berlin, Germany

2009                  Binsey Poplars, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY

2008                  Art Statements, Art|39|Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Gallery Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

2007                 Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

                           Prison Scene, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

                           House Arrest, Homie, Berlin, Germany

2006                  Harris Lieberman, New York, NY

                           Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

                           Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

2004                  Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

                           Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

2003                  Slept, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY

                           Two Videos, Sert Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

2001                  Screen Test, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

1999                  In Vitro Alternative Space, Geneva, organized by Ada Polla


Selected Group Exhibitions

20182018                    A brune figure in winter evening resists identity, ARRATIA BEER, Berlin

2017                   In the Abstract, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA

                          Screens: Virtual Material, organized by Sarah Montross, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum,

                           Lincoln, MA

2016                   Double Take, Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK

2015                   Images That Speak, Presentation House Gallery at Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014                    Cinema & Painting, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ

2013                   Test Pattern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

                           Black Rabbit, White Hole, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA

2012                   Still, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK

2011                    The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

                           Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

                           The Ephemeral, Arndt, Berlin, Germany

2010                  Stop.Move, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

                           Katarina Burin, Matthew Hale, Matt Saunders, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

                           Sassa Trülzsch, Berlin, Germany

2009                  Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

                           Private View II, Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

                           Unaddressed Circumventions: Folds From a Failed Suicide, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY

                           A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY

                           1999, China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                           Portrait 1, Die Fuge, Berlin, Germany

2008                  Passageworks: Contemporary Art from the Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

                           Politics, Maisterra Valbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain

                           Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (curated by Collier Schorr)

2006                  Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany

                           Liquid Paper - Pure Land, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

2005                  Founders Day, Grimm/Rosenfeld, New York, NY

                           The Parable Show, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany

                           Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

                           Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York, NY

                           Works on Paper, South rst, Brooklyn, NY

2003                   Lazarus E ect, Prague Biennial 1, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)

2002                  Fair Play, Play Gallery for Still and Motion Pictures, Berlin Germany

                           Game Over, Grimm / Rosenfeld, New York, NY

                           Immediate Gesture, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY

                           On Paper, Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

                           Enough About Me, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Deborah Kass)

                           MFA Thesis Show, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

2001                   B-Hotel, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY

                           Wight Biennial Twothousandandone, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1999                   Beyond Flaming, Galerie Atelier A48, Grenoble, France



2015                   Rappaport Prize, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

2013                  Jean François Prat Prize

2001                  Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship

1997                  Louis Sudler Prize

                         Thomas T. Hoopes Prize



2017                   Screens: Virtual Materials. Lincoln, MA: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2017.

2016                   Macfarlane, Kate, ed. Double Take: Drawing and Photography. London: Drawing Room, 2016.

2013                   Reimer, Karen, ed. Matt Saunders: Parallel Plot. Chicago: Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2013.


Press Selection

2016                  Chang, Chris. “Interview: Dara Birnbaum & Matt Saunders.” BOMB, July 6, 2016.

                          Colvin, Rob. “Artists Pick Artists: Matt Saunders.” Hyperallergic, July 11, 2016.

                          Munro, Stuart. “Matt Saunders: Two Worlds.” Art Asia Paci c, March 2016

                          Pereira, Lorenzo. “Matt Saunders Exhibition Presents Two Worlds at Blum and Poe Tokyo.” Widewalls, January 23, 2016.

2015                  Gay, Malcolm. “Cambridge Artist Matt Saunders Wins Rappaport Prize.” Boston Globe, September 4, 2015.

                          Goodden, Sky. “Interview: Curator Christopher Eamon Troubles the Shifting Form (and Relevance) of Photography.” MOMUS, April 9,                           2015.

                          Greenberger, Alex. “Matt Saunders Wins the Decordova Sculpture Park’s Rappaport Prize.” ArtNews, September 4, 2015.

                          Herbert, Rhiannon. “Capture Photography Festival Highlights, Part 1: Images That Speak.” BlackFlash Magazine, May 4, 2015.

                          Ramsey, Justin. “Step into the Frame: ‘Images That Speak’ at Capture Photography Festival.” Montecristo Magazine, April 8, 2015.

                          Saunders, Matt. “The Rest is Silence.” Artforum 53, no. 10 (Summer 2015): 281-82.

2013                  Cardon, Stephanie. “Matt Saunders, a Generous Mind.”, January 18, 2013.

                          Nagesh, Ashitha. “Matt Saunders.”, January 8, 2013.

                          Polla, Ada. “Who do Contemporary Artists Collect? A Conversation with Matt Saunders.” Hu ngton Post, February 21, 2013.

                         “Between Frames: Q+A with Matt Saunders,”, December 8, 2011.

2010                  “Review: Matt Saunders/The Renaissance Society.” Newcity Art, March 2010.

                          Weinberg, Lauren. ”Parallel Plot,” TimeOut (Chicago), March 2010.

2009                Latimer, Quinn. “Matt Saunders, Andreas Grimm, Munich.” Frieze, January 2009.

                          Marshall, Piper. “Matt Saunders: Harris Lieberman,”, March 27, 2009.

                          “Medium Cool, Best of Photography: Matt Saunders,” TimeOut (New York), no. 705, April 2-8, 2009.

                          Schwendener, Martha. “Get Your Anxiety Right Here,” Village Voice, February 25, 2009.

                          Stillman, Nick. “Matt Saunders: Harris Lieberman Gallery.” Artforum 47, no. 10 (Summer 2009): 338.

                          “Twilight Art.”, February 2009.

2007                Turvey, Lisa. “Openings: Matt Saunders.” Artforum, February 2007.

2006                “Matt Saunders,” New York Times, February 24, 2006.

                         Stillman, Nick. “Matt Saunders,”, February 2006.

2005                Smith, Roberta. “Founders Day,” New York Times, August 19, 2005.

2004                Berwick, Carly. “Matt Saunders.” ARTNews, January 2004.

                         Schambelan, Elizabeth. “Works on Paper,”, February 14, 2004.

2003                Schambelan, Elizabeth. “Critics’ Pick: Matt Saunders,”, September 2003.

                         Mar, Alex. New York Sun, July 24, 2003.

2001                  Haendel, Karl. “Beyond Relativism” (catalogue). Wight Biennial Twothousandandone, 2001.

1999                  “Le Vampirisme selon Matt Saunders,” Tribune de Genève, May 3, 1999.

                          “Fair Play,” Boiler Magazine, 1999.

                         Mado , Steven Henry. “Matt Saunders.” ART ON THE EDGE: 17 Contemporary Artists, 61-64.


Selected Public Collections

Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Tate Modern, London, UK

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Yale University Art Gallery



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