CHARLES MATTON

Dates: Born and Died Paris, France, 1933 – 2008

Exhibitions:

1960 “Cercele Volney,” Paris
1961 Raymond Mason and Janine Hao Gallery, Paris

From 1961 to 1983, there were no public exhibitions of Matton’s work. During this time he painted and sculpted for himself and a few collectors. He also had an exclusive contract with Esquire Magazine. Matton then worked with the publications Christian Bourgois and francais du livre.

1983 “Utopian Seductions,” Robert Delpire Gallery, Paris
1987 “Antipodes,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris
1989 “Espace Photographique de la Ville de Paris & Invention of an Art,”
Centre Pompidou, Paris
1990 “Art in Motion,” National Museum of Modern Art of Kyoto and Tokyo,
Japan
1991 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris
1992 “Retrospective an Quotations,” Centre d’Arte contemporain de Fréjus
1994 Beaubourg Gallery, Paris
1998 “Literature and Bel canto,” Beaubourg Gallery, Paris
1999 “Matton/Rembrandt or trails of a film,” Maison Européenne de la
Photographie, Paris
“Two or three things I know about Rembrandt and a few others,” (Two of three things I know about her” is the title of a J.L. Godard film), Beaubourg Gallery, Paris
2000 Beaubourg Gallery
2002 “Charles Matton: Within These Walls,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Art of the Twentieth Century, New York, NY
2003 “Charles Matton: Illusions,” Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Art of the Twentieth Century, New York, NY
2003 Art and Design Fair, New York, NY
San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2004 “Charles Matton: New Works,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
International Art and Design Fair, New York, NY
San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2005 “Important New Works by Forum Gallery Artists,” Forum Gallery,
New York, NY
Art Miami Fair, Miami, FL
“Re-presenting Representation VII,” Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
“Small Scales IV: Miniature Rooms and Houses,” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
2006 “Through the Rabbit Hole: Sleights of Scale and Flights of Fancy,” 21C Museum, Louisville, KY
2007 “Charles Matton: Etats de Lieux; Avec le Soutien de Neuflize Vie,” Maison Europeenne de La Photographie Villa de Paris, Paris, France.
2007 “Art and Psyche: The Freudian Legacy,” CDS Gallery, New York, NY.
2008 “Charles Matton: Selected Works,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY

Theater Sets:

1990 Arthur Schnizler’s “Mademoiselle Else,” Theatre de la Colline, Paris
1995 Yasmina Reza’s ” L’homme de hazard,” Theatre Heberiot, Paris

Cinema (Script and Direction):

1967 “La Pomme ou I’Histoire d’une histoire,” (17 minutes)
Grand prix at the Hyères festival, 1967
Grand prix at the Paris Biennale, 1967
1968 “May 68 ou les violences policères,” (11 minutes)
Jean-Luc Godard’s selection for a France informational tour
1972 “L’Italien des Roses” (95 minutes)
Primio di Selezione, Venice festival, 1972
Semaine de la Critique, 1972
Grand prix Perspectives, 1973. Cannes festival
1976 “L’amour est un fleuve en Russie,” (110 minutes)
1989 “Customs,” (26 minutes) Produced by the National Institute of Audio-
visuel
1993 “The light from the dying stars,” (107 minutes)
1995 “Rembrandt” (114 minutes)
1997 Grand prix for Best script

Selected Texts about Charles Matton: (catalogues and articles)

Baudrillard, Jean. (Forward) “Utopic seductions,” engravings, 1983
Sagan, Francoise and Monterosso, Jean-Luc. “Espace photographique de la ville de
Paris,” 1989
Baudillard, Jean. (Forward) Monograph Charles Matton, 1991
Baudrillard, Jean & Fleck. Robert . (Foreword) “Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts,” Paris, 1991
Monterosso, Jean-Luc. Foreward, Matton/Rembrandt or “trails of a film,” La Maison European de la Photographie edition, 1999
August 87 Le Monde: “Le petit pan de briques,” Frederic Edelman
May 87 Photo Magazine, “Art and reality,” Roger Therond.
June 87 International Herald Tribune: “The mysterious aura of C.M.,” Joseph Fitchett
May 87 Globe magazine: “Matton, a great painter on a little planet,” Francoise Sagan
Paris Match: “C.M. the tiny land of great wonders,” Dominique Eudes
Vogue Decoration: “C.M. or the game of metamorphosis” Patrice Bollon
Art Press: “Mystification, the only tangible reality,” Anne Walter
Le Nouvel Observateur: “The hundreds lives of Charles Matton”
June 87 Figaro Magazine: “The man who spoke to objects (things?),” Veronique Prat
Sept. 87 Liberation: ” Construction of an illusion,” Hervé Gauville
Le Nouvel Observateur: “From one art to the other, his profession: frontier runner,” Gilles Anuetil.
March 89 Le Monde: “An illusion maker,” Patrick Roegiers.
Art Press: “Presence and silence of the forms,” Régis Durand.
Oct. 89 Rolling Stone Magazine: “C.M. artiste peintre,” Lionel Rotcage.
Art Press: “Some arrangement in the simulacrums madness.”
Sept. 91 Museart: ” Le magicien ose,” Francoise Monnin
Oct. 91 Figaro: C.M. I’obsession de I’objet. Jean-Louis Pinte
“Cool Memories II,” Jean Baudrillard, p102
Aug. 92 Figaro: C.M. “Gulliver chez Lilliput,” Jean-Marie Tassat
Jan. 94 Nouvel Observateur: “When a painter offers us a great film,” Alain Riou
Paris Match: “When C.M. the film maker competes with the painter
Globe hebdo: “Matton et ses doubles,” Aurelien Frerenczi
Figaro: “Charles Matton et le mystère des choses proches,” M.N. Tranchant
June 02 Ken Johnson, New York Times, Friday, June 21, 2002
July 02 Grace Glueck, “Art in Review,” New York Times, Friday, July 5, 2002
Oct. 02 Valerie Gladstone, New York Reviews, ArtNews
Nov. 02 David Frankel, Artforum
Dec. 02 Edward M. Gomez, Art & Antiques
Dec. 02 Matthew Guy Nichols, Art in America
Dec. 02 Sarah Dangles, The Art Newspaper.com
Nov. 03 Peter Franck, L.A. Weekly
Winter 03 “Galleries,” American Arts Quarterly
Winter 05 Omar Sommereyns, “Art Miami: Among the Bonbons and White Walls, Some Standouts” Art Fairs International
July 05 “Art Miami 2005: Celebrating 15 Years of Fine Art Opens,” Art Daily Online
June/July 05 “Charles Matton at Forum,” Art in America
Feb. 06 “Charles Matton’s Libraries and Studios,” Miniature Collector Magazine
Summer 08 “Thinking Inside the Box,” ARTnews

International Public Collections:

Centre d’Art Contemporain de Frejus, Paris
National Museum of Art of Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan

U.S. Public Collections:

21 C Foundation, Louisville, KY
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT
Sugar Hill Art Center, New York, NY

U.S. Private Collections (partial list):

Ms. Nancy Campagna, Bronxville, NY
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Colburn, Winnetka, IL
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick de Saint-Aignan, Harrison, NY
Electrix, Inc., New Haven, CT
Ms. Josabeth Fribourg, New York, NY
Ms. Ann Harithas, New York, NY
Mr. & Mrs. Stan Holtz, Chicago, IL
Mr. Mike Karr, Lincoln Park, NJ
Mr. Alan Lanigan, Woodward Hotel, New York, NY
Mrs. Ruth Lapidus, Harrison, NY
Ms. Linda Melton, Monroe, LA
Mr. Charles B. Moss, New York, NY
Ms. Barbara Ottinger & Ms. Mary Wallace, Pasadena, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Perrin, North Salem, NY
Mr. Donald Rechler, Locust Valley, NY
Mr. Edward Shufro, New York, NY
Mr. Gilbert Silverman, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mr. Cody Smith, New York, NY
Ms. Diane P. Stewart, Salt Lake City, UT
Mr. Richard C. Stoker, Potomac, MD
Mrs. Mary Swanson, Irvine, CA
Mr. Morton Swinsky, New York, NY