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 Matt (Matthew) Mullican  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: abstract symbolism, collage, installation

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Matthew Mullican
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Renowned for his immense banners, posters, and oil stick rubbings, Matt Mullican draws from a personal source of forms and symbols to create his utopian city views. His sign-like works are reflections of the familiar pictograms that the one would find in the halls of airport and train stations. He is successful in his attempt to depict an ideal city, or even world with his use of signs and icons.

By 1980, he had developed a formula for his art, breaking his pieces down into representational blocks of color and transforming their scale. Mullican attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia where he studied with conceptual artist John Baldessari. Some of his designs incorporate computer-generated images that he presents in light boxes, giving his work dimension and a sense of architecture.

Selected solo-exhibitions include:
1973 - Project Inc., Boston
1976 - Artists Space, New York
1980 - Mary Boone Gallery, New York
1983 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
1987 - "Concentrations 15: Matt Mullican", Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
1988 - "Matt Mullican Untitled, 1986-87", The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
1990 - Magasin, Grenoble

Biography from Auctionata:
The US-American conceptual artist, sculptor and art lecturer Matt Mullican initially studied at the California Institute of the Arts (CIA).  He became a renowned artist as a member of the "Pictures Generation", along with artistic personalities such as Cindy Sherman (born 1954), David Salle (born 1952), Jack Goldstein (1945-2003) or Troy Brauntuch (born 1954).  Artistically, the artist is concerned with systems of knowledge, meaning and language. 

His works were presented at the documenta 7, 9 and 10, as well as at the MoMA in New York, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Mullican has worked as a teacher and lecturer at a number of international art institutions and was appointed professor of the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, in 2009.

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