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. 


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

“Allen Ginsberg Takes the Mound,” BOMB Magazine

“The Politics of Dancing,” BOMB Magazine

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

“Off the Grid: The Painted Planes of Jeremy Moon,” in Jeremy Moon (New York: Prestel, 2019)

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

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

“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)

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

“Goodbye, Mister Starfish,” Conjunctions 68 (written under pseudonym, M.J. Rey)

“The Photography of Janice Guy,” BOMB Magazine

“Looking back on 2018,” BOMB Magazine

“Studio Visit: Margaux Ogden,” BOMB Magazine

“Meeting Gabriel, from Agnes Martin’s Only Film,” Affidavit

“Songs of Sabotage: The 2018 New Museum Triennial,” BOMB Magazine

“Studio Visit: Andrea Geyer,” BOMB Magazine

“Flesh Matters: One Hundred Years of Egon Schiele,” Even Magazine

“Looking Back on 2017: Art & Film,” BOMB Magazine

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

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

“Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry,” Burlington Magazine

“Coming Home: Modernism and the Shchukin Collection,” The Los Angeles Review of Books

“The Maritime Masculine,” Rockwell Kent Review (43:1)

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

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


2019 | Visiting Critic, Parsons School of Design

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


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