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The first international monograph dedicated to the work of the major artist in the twentieth-century art.

FALLANI CENTER FOR THE ARTS (VENICE), SKIRA (MILAN), AND THOMAS MONAHAN FINE ART (CHICAGO)

have the pleasure to invite you to the presentation of the book MATTA: ON THE EDGE OF A DREAM (SKIRA)
Book Launch with the participation of Paola Gribaudo, Oksana Salamatina and Thomas Monahan

SUNDAY, 29TH OF MAY, 17H30
FALLANI CENTER FOR THE ARTS
CANNAREGIO 4875, 30121 VENEZIA


Coinciding with the Biennale Architettura 2016, Venezia, the evening will feature a panel discussion and presentation by the author, Thomas Monahan and Oksana Salamatina, in which the influence of architecture on Matta’s work—the artist studied with Le Corbusier—will be discussed. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (1911-2002) was an international figure whose worldview represented a synthesis of European, American, and Latin American cultures. As a member of the surrealist movement and an early mentor to several abstract expressionists, such as Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, Matta broke with both groups to pursue a highly personal artistic vision. His mature work blended abstraction, figuration, and multi-dimensional spaces into complex, cosmic landscapes.

Matta: On the Edge of a Dream offers an incredibly unique insight into the artist, providing a reflection on Matta from the
personal standpoint of his longtime dealer and friend, Thomas Monahan. In the book, images of masterpieces by the artist are accompanied by two interviews; the first between Oksana Salamatina and Monahan, covering his start in the art world to his friendship with artist. The reader sees Matta’s paintings evolve, hears stories, and understands the artist’s incredible
physical and mental energy. The second interview with Matta was conducted by lauded art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist, shortly before the artist’s death.