About Matt

I spent my childhood in Los Angeles, my twenties in New Haven, and my thirties, so far, in Brooklyn. I miss the vastness of the west, and I much prefer this city when it’s cold and dark.

Before working as an essayist and critic, I trained as an art historian, earning my phd at Yale. Before that, I was an I.V. heroin addict and high-school dropout. You can find and support your nearest Syringe Exchange Program here.

My first book, a monograph on the painter Stanley Whitney, is forthcoming with Lund Humphries. My second book, a critique of opium culture, is underway. I’ve been fortunate to publish shorter works in The Guardian, Conjunctions, BOMB Magazine, Even Magazine, Word & Image, Apricota, and numerous exhibition catalogs.

SELECT AWARDS

2019 | Visiting Critic, Parsons Fine Arts

2016 | (Nomination) PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

2014 | A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

SELECT WORK

“As an OxyContin ‘junkie’ at Yale, I saw how my addiction helped fund the university,” The Guardian  [press coverage]

“Allen Ginsberg Takes the Mound,” BOMB Magazine  [press coverage]

“Goodbye, Mister Starfish,” Conjunctions, M.J. Rey, (pseud.)

“The Politics of Dancing,” BOMB Magazine

“Nicolas Party,” in Unrealism: New Figurative Painting (New York: Rizzoli, 2019)

“Painting at the margins,” in Virginia Jaramillo (New York: Hales Gallery, 2018)

“Habeas Corpus: One Hundred Years of Egon Schiele,” Even Magazine

“The Stettheimer Set: Andrea Geyer, Nicole Eisenman, and Jutta Koether,” Even Magazine

“The Stettheimer Salon,” in, Matthias Mühling and Karin Althaus, eds., Florine Stettheimer (Munich: Hirmer, 2014)

“Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry,” Burlington Magazine

“Upon seeing Carrie Stettheimer,” in Andrea Geyer: Revolt, They Said (New York: Dancing Foxes Press, 2019)

“In Search of Lost Words: The Films of Sky Hopinka,” The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Inuit Antinomies: The going-native of Rockwell Kent and the shaming of Leni Riefenstahl,” Apricota (1:1)

“Illuminated Critique: The Kent Moby-Dick,” Word & Image (33:4)

“Meeting Agnes Martin’s Gabriel,” Affidavit

“Studio Visit: Alvaro Barrington at MoMA PS1,” BOMB Magazine

“Chimera: Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson,” BOMB Magazine

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