Tony Matelli

Tony Matelli (USA, 1971) – one of the most prominent and most promising American artists whose works reflect the subtle and ever-elusive combination of concept, contemporary technology, as well as the demanding attitude to technique and art in the best sense of the word.
Once an assistant to Jeff Koons, Tony Matelli looks at the experience he has gained from a new angle deeply feeling the burning issues of the day while at the same time preserving a serious attitude towards the quality of his work and demonstrating scrupulous attention to detail. Matelli’s work reaches beyond the boundaries of political correctness and the social conduct code. Every of his objects incorporates a provocation, a protest against playing by the commonly accepted rules, and aggression as an integral part of the surrounding world. He focuses on loneliness, desolation, degradation, defenselessness and, at the same time, resilience and resistance to unfortunate circumstances.
While demonstrating an acute personal response to basic emotions, Tony Matelli is ironic about himself and smiles at the absurdity of what’s happening around him. He is set on questioning everything what many thought unshakable; on striking the right visual forms to impart subtle philosophical concepts. The Moscow exhibition showcases the artist’s objects of the past five years and the brand new works which will see light for the first time. The laws of physics are no longer evident in Matelli’s works. Challenging the laws of gravitation, he utterly readjusts the optics thereby giving us a new picture of the objects and phenomena that surround us and transforming the existent reality into a new one.
Tony Matelli’s works have been on display in a large number of prestigious museums and galleries all over the world and are part of permanent collections in a variety of world famous museums:

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation
Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Denmark
Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook, MI
CURIOUSLY STRONG Altoids Collection, (New Museum) New York, NY
FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Spain
FRAC Bordeaux, France
Musee d’arte Contemporain Montreal, Canada
Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,
Wellington, New Zealand
Skive New Art Museum SNYK, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sundsvalls Kommun, Sundsvall, Sweden
Uppsala Konstmusuem, Uppsala, Sweden

Tony Matelli

  • Tony Matelli - Josh

    Josh
    2010
    Silicone, hair, fiberglass, steel, clothes
    45 x 180 x 90 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Josh

    Josh
    2010
    Silicone, hair, fiberglass, steel, clothes,
    45 x 180 x 90 cm
    (detail)

  • Tony Matelli - Arrangement

    Arrangement
    2013
    Painted bronze,
    71 X 36 X 36 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Arrangement

    Arrangement
    2013
    Painted bronze,
    71 X 36 X 36 cm
    (detail)

  • Tony Matelli - Family

    Family
    2014
    Enamel on mirror,
    152 X 243,8 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Tits

    Tits
    2014
    Enamel on mirror,
    182,8 X 121,9 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Dots

    Dots
    2014
    Enamel on mirror,
    152 X 243,8 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Rope

    Rope
    2014
    Silicone and stainless steel
    (brown)
    240 x 70 x 50 cm

    Exibitions:
    Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli, John Miller. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - June '14
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16

  • Tony Matelli - Rope

    Rope
    2014
    Silicone and stainless steel (brown)
    detail

  • Tony Matelli - Rope

    Rope
    2014
    Silicone and stainless steel
    (green)
    213 x 121 x 121 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Rope

    Rope
    2014
    Silicone and stainless steel
    (blue)
    150 x 150 x 19 cm

    Exibitions:
    Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli, John Miller. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - June '14
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16

  • Tony Matelli - Rope

    Rope
    2014
    Silicone and stainless steel (blue)
    detail

  • Tony Matelli - Fucked (Couple)

    Fucked (Couple)
    2005
    Polyester, silicone, polyurethane, wood, steel, oil paint, hair
    213 x 400 x 400 cm
    Exhibited:
    Tony Matelli, Uppsala konstmuseum, Sweden: Oct - Nov ‘08
    Create Your Own Museum Gary Tatintsian
    Gallery, Moscow: Jan - Feb ‘07
    Tony Matelli. Survival, Gary Tatintsian Gallery: Sep - Nov ‘08
    Mutated Reality - Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Nov '15 - Mar '16
    Realisms - State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
    Jun' - Sep' 2016

  • Tony Matelli - Old Enemy, New Victim

    Old Enemy, New Victim
    2007
    Polyester, silicone, polyurethane, oil paint, hair
    150 x 200 x 170 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Sleepwalker

    Sleepwalker
    2008
    Epoxy, oil paint, hair
    162 x 55 x 80 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Sleepwalker (Detail)

    Sleepwalker (Detail)
    2008
    Epoxy, oil paint, hair
    162 x 55 x 80 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Double meat head. (Diptych, left part)

    Double meat head. (Diptych, left part)
    2008
    Polyurethane, cast aluminum, bronze, oil paint
    86 x 120 x 94 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Double meat head. (Diptych, right part)

    Double meat head. (Diptych, right part)
    2008
    Polyurethane, cast aluminum, bronze, oil paint
    18 x 143 x 139 cm

  • Tony Matelli - The Idiot

    The Idiot
    2009
    Painted bronze.
    50 x 25 x 20,5 cm

  • Tony Matelli - The Idiot (Detail)

    The Idiot (Detail)
    2009
    Painted bronze.
    50 x 25 x 20,5 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Fuck it, free yourself!

    Fuck it, free yourself!
    2007
    Steel, porcelain enamel, lamp oil, wick, table.
    83 x 170 x 90 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Fuck it, free yourself! (Detail)

    Fuck it, free yourself! (Detail)
    2003
    Steel, porcelain enamel, lamp oil, wick, table.
    83 x 170 x 90 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Lost & Sick

    Lost & Sick
    1996
    Epoxy resin, plaster and paint
    200.7 x 254 x 221 cm

    Exhibitions:
    Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego: 23 Jan – 30 Apr 2000
    To Be Real. Yerba Buena Center for the Visual Arts, San Francisco 1997

    Literature:
    To Be Real. By R. de Guzman, San Francisco, 1997
    A Fresh Hell: Tony Matelli's Morality Tales of Catastrophes. By R. Jones, Siksi Playlist Spring, 1997. pp. 10 - 11
    Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art. By T. Kamps, San Diego, 2000. page 34 and cover
    Tony Matelli. By L. Fischman, New York, 2003. pp. 17 - 18, 44, 72

  • Tony Matelli  - Meat head. Collage. (Diptych)

    Meat head. Collage. (Diptych)
    2008
    Photographic collage, foil, cardboard
    116 x 79 cm – each part
    Exhibition:
    Tony Matelli. Survival. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Sep - Nov 2008
    Summa Summarum. NCCA: Jan - Feb 2010
    Dada Fest. NCCA: June 2016
    Catalogue:
    Tony Matelli. Survival. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, 2008. part 2/ pp. 78-91

  • Tony Matelli - Weeds

    Weeds
    2008
    Bronze, vellum, paint and wire
    34 x 17 x 20 cm

    Exhibition:
    Bad Planet. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - May ‘08
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16

  • Tony Matelli  - Weeds

    Weeds
    2007
    Bronze, vellum, paint and wire
    52 x 30 x 20 cm

    Exhibition:
    Bad Planet. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - May 2008
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16

  • Weeds

    Weeds
    2008
    Bronze, vellum, paint and wire
    87 x 29 x 24 cm

    Exhibitions:
    Bad Planet. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - May 2008
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16
    Moscow Art Fair 2008 - May 2008

  • Tony Matelli  - Burning Bio. Collage

    Burning Bio. Collage
    2008
    Photographic collage, cardboard
    112 x 77 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Fuck’d (Human version)

    Fuck’d (Human version)
    2005
    Silicone, polyurethane foam, acrylic paint, tools, mixed media
    218 x 155 x 142 cm

  • Tony Matelly - Fuck'd

    Fuck'd
    2004
    Steel, polyurethane, silicone, human hair and various tools and weapons
    180 x 300 x 200 cm

  • Tony Matelli - Ideal Woman

    Ideal Woman
    1998 - 1999
    Polyvinyl acetate, human hair, oil paint and mixed media
    122 x 300 x 300 cm

    Exhibition:
    We can do it! Gary Tatintsian Gallery: Jan - May 2005

    Catalogue:
    We can do it! Gary Tatintsian Gallery, 2005. page 35

  • Tony Matelli - Weeds

    Weeds
    Bronze, vellum, paint and wire
    24 x 10 x 14 cm

    Exhibition:
    Bad Planet, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Apr - May 2008
    Exibitions:
    Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli, John Miller. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - June '14
    Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16