On View Aug 31 - Dec 18, 2021
Matt Sesow produces an uncommon and somewhat obsessive number of paintings from Washington, DC. After the propeller of an incoming aircraft severed his left arm at age eight, Matt survived amputation and discovered painting as an emotional response to a traumatic past. Today his works are collected worldwide.
The exhibition features paintings spanning Matt's entire career, which began in 1994. On view are collections of 11 lenders, 168 works by Matt with additional contextual objects, 225 wall drawings and paintings (so far), 13 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 5.6 hours of music that Matt paints to, and an interactive MagicBox featuring three of Matt's booklets and a time-lapse video of his process. Works inspired by his friendship with Baron and Ellin Gordon, world travels and residencies, and visits to Norfolk are included.
This is first in a series of solo exhibitions featuring artists represented in the permanent collection of the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries.
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