Light & Matter: The Art of Matthew Brandt, an expansive survey of the artist's career, opens April 21 at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. Determined to constantly deconstruct and reinvent photography as a medium, Brandt produces work as conceptually layered as it is visually dazzling, much of which is featured in this mid-career retrospective. The exhibition will remain on view through September 4, 2022. For more information, please visit the museum website.
Matthew Brandt’s solo exhibition Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms at Yossi Milo Gallery was reviewed by Donald Kuspit in the February 2022 issue of Artforum. Kuspit notes “The artist is obsessed with mortality, concerned with not only the demise of nature but with the death of photography itself, a medium that, like us, has been slowly dying since its inception. Yet through all manner of aesthetic and technical daring, Brandt’s presentation deftly restores photography to creative viability.” To read the complete review, please visit the Artforum website.
Matthew Brandt's solo exhibition Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms was reviewed in Collector Daily by Loring Knoblauch, who praises Brandt's unique approach to photography, stating that “he has continually pushed the medium beyond its normal boundaries, making photographs that incorporate the physical attributes and context of his subject matter into the very fabric of the art objects he creates.” To read the full article, please visit the Collector Daily website.
Matthew Brandt’s solo exhibition, Orphic Forest, was on view at the Erarta Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, from August 6 – December 5, 2021. The show focused on Brandt’s Silver series, where large-scale images of trees are rendered in metallic tones, featuring specially commissioned works of local trees around St. Petersburg. These works are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. For more information, please see the Erarta website.
Works by Matthew Brandt, Chris McCaw and Meghann Riepenhoff were on view in Ansel Adams in Our Time at Portland Art Museum, in Oregon, from May 5 – August 1, 2021. The exhibition features Adams’ photographs juxtaposed with those by 19th-century photographers who inspired him and works by contemporary artists influenced by his legacy. The show debuted at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and travelled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Arkansas. For more information, please visit the Portland Art Museum website.
Matthew Brandt was featured in Musée Magazine as part of their April series, “The Earth." Trevor Bishai writes, “Brandt’s process is not only an innovative way of creating artworks, but is also highly conceptual, as he always strives to link the medium with the subject in art. With photography, he has found many ways to place the photographic process into conversation with what is being photographed.” To read the full article, please see the magazine website.
As part of their Triptych series, Yoffy Press launched new books by Matthew Brandt, Chris McCaw and Meghann Riepenhoff, collectively titled Element. The publication centers on each artist's investigation of the relationship between image and environment, incorporating such elements as sunlight and lake water into their photo-based, process-driven works. The book, which includes an essay by Jon Mooallem, was released in March 2021. For more information, please visit the Yoffy Press website.
Works by Matthew Brandt were included in On Earth: Imaging, Technology and the Natural World at Le lieu unique in Nantes, France from October 2, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Other featured artists include Thomas Albdorf, Melanie Bonajo, Lucas Foglia, Noémie Goudal, Adam Jeppesen and Maya Watanabe. The exhibition debuted at the 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, before traveling to Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Le lieu unique. For more information, please visit Le lieu unique's website.
Works by Matthew Brandt, Chris McCaw and Kyle Meyer were installed in the exhibition ONE: An Exhibition of Unique Objects at Transformer Station, in Cleveland, OH, from September 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021. The exhibition gathered work by artists subverting the conventional expectations of photography in their production of a one-of-a-kind objects. For more information, please visit the Transformer Station website.
Matthew Brandt’s exhibition, Rocks and Eagles, was on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. In his first East-coast solo show, Brandt will present large-scale photographic works made from unusual materials, such as silver dollars, leaded glass windows and rocks deaccessioned from the Museum’s Natural Science Collection. For more information, please visit the Newark Museum website.
Photographs by Matthew Brandt and Alison Rossiter were on view in Look Back: 45 Years of Collecting Photography at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, from October 14, 2018 – April 14, 2019. The inaugural exhibition in the museum’s new photography galleries also featured work by Ilse Bing, Sally Mann, Man Ray and Hiroshi Sugimoto and many others. For more information, please visit the High Museum website.
Three large-scale light boxes from Matthew Brandt’s Stepping Stone Falls series were on view in Back to the Future: The 19th Century in the 21st Century, at Mai Manó House, Budapest, Hungary, from February 1 - March 17, 2019. The exhibition juxtaposes experimental photographic works by contemporary artists with those by the medium’s 19th-century pioneers, demonstrating commonalities that link artistic production across centuries. Back to the Future was previously on view at C/O Berlin and Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam in 2018. For more exhibition information, please visit the C/O Berlin website.
Matthew Brandt hosted a one-day photogram workshop on March 9, 2019, at the Newark Museum, NJ. Participants toured Brandt’s solo exhibition, Rocks and Eagles, and create unique photograms with the artist. For more information, please visit the Newark Museum's website.
Matthew Brandt’s Bridges Over Flint, 2016, was featured in Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases at the Detroit Institute of Arts through September 23, 2018. Brandt’s suite of 24 of gelatin silver photographs processed with tap water from Flint, Michigan comments on environmental and political concerns in the city of Flint. The artist also spoke at DIA on October 25, 2018, following the exhibition. For more information, please visit the Detroit Institute of Arts website.
Multi-media works by Matthew Brandt are on view in Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City from April 2018 - February 2019. The exhibition featured a broad spectrum of artists investigating celebrity, commerce, and the media to suggest an evolving definition of ‘Pop.’ Other featured artists include Nick Cave, Hassan Hajjaj and Mickalene Thomas. For more information, please visit the 21c website.
A work from Matthew Brandt’s LCD series was on view in “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, from September 18, 2017 – April 29, 2018. The work, which recreates an image from the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, MO, is highlighted among many historical and contemporary Civil Rights photographs from the High collection. Other featured artists include David Alekhuogie, Doris Derby, James E. Hinton, Charles Moore and Steve Schapiro. For more information, please visit the High Museum of Art website.
The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raliegh, NC, hosted a keynote lecture by Matthew Brandt on October 18, 2017, as part of the Click! Photography Festival. Matthew’s talk addressed his use of historic and experimental processes to create his work, including the Lakes and Reservoirs, Honeybees, Taste Tests, Trees, Night Skies, La Brea, and Wai ‘anae series. For more event information, please visit the North Carolina Museum of Art website.
The Penumbra Foundation hosted a guest lecture by Matthew Brandt on October 10, 2017, at 7pm as part of its Fall 2017 Artist Series. Curated by Programs Coordinator Leandro Villaro, the Penumbra Artist Series offers a dynamic environment for featured artists to present their recent work to the public as they discuss their evolving studio practices and guiding philosophies. For more information, please visit the Penumbra Foundation website.
Works by Matthew Brandt and Chris Killip were on view in the exhibition A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from May 6 - October 1, 2017. Other artists from the museum’s collection featured in the exhibition include Ansel Adams, Adolphe Braun, Anne Brigman, Lee Friedlander, Nikki S. Lee and T. R. Williams. For more information, please visit the MFA Houston website.
Matthew Brandt discussed his distinctive approach to photography and a new body of work at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA on Saturday April 29, 2017. Brandt’s work is marked by his integration of physical elements from the subjects he photographs, such as water from Flint, MI or dust from a construction site, incorporated into his printing process. For more information on the event, please visit the High Museum of Art website.
Works by Matthew Brandt and Alison Rossiter were featured in the exhibition Sun on Paper at the Dresden Technical Collections in Germany from February 10 – May 21, 2017. For the purpose of exploring the historical core of photography—the interplay of light and chemistry, Sun on Paper presented contemporary works made with an array of analogue photographic techniques, from ambrotypes and pinhole cameras to experimental dark room processes and photograms. Other featured artists included Ernst Caramelle, Sunah Choi, Helen Feifel and Vera Lutter. For more informationFor more information, please visit the Dresden City Museum website [in German].
Yossi Milo Gallery participated in The Armory Show at Pier 94 from March 2 - 5, 2017. The gallery’s presentation featured new work by Matthew Brandt, Ben Cauchi, Adrián Fernández, David Goldes, and Meghann Riepenhoff. For more information, please visit the Armory Show website.
Matthew Brandt’s Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery was reviewed in Musée Magazine. Zoha Baquar writes, “The most remarkable component of Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms [is] Brandt's attention to material interaction … It’s the artist’s repurposed, technical and experimental play with the materiality of things and his attention to the ways in which things react to each other ... This is what makes this exhibition truly remarkable." To see the full article, please visit the Musée website.