mardi 3 avril 2012

Lex-Icon Blog Project Post 15: Matthew Rose

Chez Giselle (2003)

“In Chez Giselle Matthew Rose pays homage to the great photographer who lived above him (in the penthouse) in Paris for many years, the photographer Giselle Freund (1912-2000), as well as the artists she portrayed with flair and élan. He gives a nod, too, to his late-friend from Long Island, the artist Ray Johnson, who would often create lists of artists or friends and sometimes combine them with found objects.  
An American artist living and working in Paris, Matthew Rose, in the course of his work, one day discovered a wealth of effluvia on his sidewalk on the Rue Lalande in Paris 75014: The ephemeral remains of Freund's photographic archives. Here were slide holders, tables, chairs and magazines.  Most interesting were the slide draw labels for Freund's photographic subjects: Pierre Bonnard, Simone Weil, Henri Matisse, Simone de Beauvoir, Vladimir Nabokov and a half dozen other stars of the arts and letters from the 1930s and 1940s. Around the same time, the door buzzer was being changed and Rose asked for the old one.  Unconnected, it seemed, logical and poetic to bring these two bits of Paris history together: Rose inserted their names in the door buzzer slots and recreated an art household that puts French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet in the basement (on the same floor with André Malraux) and Max Ernst and Frida Kahlo sharing the penthouse view. Here is a marriage of two found objects that create a deep and somewhat comic-surrealist silence.”

Matthew Rose is an American artist living and working in Paris.  Known for large scale collage installations, text works, and his global project A Book About Death, an unbound collaborative book on the subject of death (  The artist has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, most recently in Paris where he showed nearly 100 works on paper in GOD & COUNTRY.  His work is collected widely, both privately and publicly. His text works, "Paintings," are permanently installed at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida. His A Book About Death project is in the permanent collections of MoMA (NY), LACMA (LA) and MoMA Wales (UK).  To see his work or to contact Matthew Rose, see his web site: For more, he also has a blog at: HTTP://MATTHEWROSESTUDIO.BLOGSPOT.COM/

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