Tony Matelli

1971 · United States

Artist biography

Tony Matelli is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Christopher Astley, Sarah Cameron, Kyle Staver, Brian Calvin, and Slavs and Tatars (Payam Sharifi). Tony Matelli was born in 1971.

About Tony Matelli's work

Tony Matelli is best known for making design work. What separates art from design has been a longstanding debate, the lines are blurred. The classical notion of design used to be grounded in the Decorative Arts, but later on branched itself into a variety of categories such as graphic design, fashion design, or industrial design. The Arts and Crafts Movement and The Bauhaus were extremely influential movements that pursued for a unification of true artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tony Matelli's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, and Sweden. Galleries include Marlborough Contemporary | London in the United Kingdom, Gary Tatintsian Gallery in the Russian Federation, as well as Andréhn-Schiptjenko in Sweden. Tony Matelli's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Normann Copenhagen in Denmark with the exhibition The Normann x Brask Art Collection | Product Launch Exhibition . The exhibition was open from 23 January 2019 until 29 March 2019. Tony Matelli's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions RELICS (06 September 2018 - 06 October 2018) at Ceysson & Bénétière | Paris in France and Naturally naked (14 August 2019 - 27 December 2019) at Gary Tatintsian Gallery in the Russian Federation.

At the moment, Tony Matelli has a total of three artworks for sale at Artland.

Tony Matelli in private collections

Jens-Peter Brask and NAT - collection Collection feature Tony Matelli's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Paul Cupido, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Michael Kvium.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly influential art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital.

The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Tony Matelli

Tony Matelli was born in 1971 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture.

The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Tony Matelli

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 8
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