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New Yorker Review: Herbert Matter at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Herbert Matter's work is at once graphic and rhythmic.  It is fluid and elusive.  His photo collages draw on the world within the media.  This exhibition with Gitterman gallery focuses on Matter's abstractions from the late 1930's to the early 1950's.  Matter played with light drawing, solarization, photograms, direct impressions, and melding of positive and negative materials to create his works.  Indeed, he proved that the world within was not only magical, but limitless.  In this group of works we find elegant abstractions, graphic montage, and surrealist and expressionist tendencies.


Herbert Matter was born in Engelberg, Switzerland in 1907. He studied painting before moving to Paris to study with Fernand Léger, who became a lifelong friend. Matter worked in Paris as a graphic designer at the journal Arts et Métiers Graphiques as well as with the famed poster designer A.M. Cassandre. In 1932 he returned to Switzerland and in 1935 Matter travelled to the United States to photograph a dance troupe and decided to stay in New York City. From 1936-38 he worked as a freelance photographer at Harper’s Bazaar under esteemed art director Alexey Brodovitch.  His work continued to appear in popular publications, including the covers of Bazaar,Vogue, Life, Fortune, and Arts & Architecture.  In 1941 Matter married Mercedes Carles, daughter of the American abstract painter Arthur B. Carles and a great artist in her own right, who went on to found the famed New York Studio School. The couple was very active in the New York art scene and was friends with John Cage, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Barnett Newman.  

For more information on the artist's work and life, please visit Gitterman Gallery.

New Yorker Review.

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