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Tony Matelli

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Painted bronze sculpture of a weed with blue petals and green leaves

Weed #532, 2019

painted bronze

29 x 12 x 16 in. / 73.7 x 30.5 x 40.6 cm

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Hyper-realistic painted bronze sculpture of a green weed

Weed #487, 2019

painted bronze

15 x 9 1/2 x 9 in. / 38.1 x 24.1 x 22.9 cm

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Hyper realistic sculpture by Tony Matelli of a sculpture of Julius Caesar on the ground with strawberries and sliced mangoes spread throughout

Caesar, 2018

marble, painted bronze, painted urethane

18 1/2 x 59 x 30 in. / 47 x 150 x 76.2 cm

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Installation view of a painted bronze, cast glass, marble sculpture featuring the mythical goddess Diana and a deer with sliced limes spread throughout

Diana, 2017

painted bronze, cast glass, marble

72 x 37 x 20 in. / 182.9 x 94 x 50.8 cm

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Detail photograph of a sculpture by Tony Matelli featuring the head of the goddess Diana and surrounded by limes

Diana, 2017

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Outdoor installation shot of a cast stone, bronze and steel sculpture of the goddess Hera by Tony Matelli with hyper-realistic watermelons spread throughout

Hera, 2017

cast stone, bronze, steel

154 x 48 x 48 in. / 391.2 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm

Installed at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut

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Urethane on mirror work by Tony Matelli featuring a gray background with scribbles of hearts and faces

Hearts and Faces, 2015

urethane on mirror

60 x 96 in. / 152.4 x 243.84 cm

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Hyper-realistic silicone and stainless steel sculpture by Tony Matelli of a green rope intertwined in space

Untitled, 2015

silicone and stainless steel

104 x 55 x 55 in. / 264.16 x 139.7 x 139.7 cm

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Outdoor installation shot hyper-realistic cast bronze, acrylic and urethane paint sculpture by Tony Matelli of an older man sleepwalking in his underwear

Sleepwalker, 2014

cast bronze, acrylic and urethane paint, edition of 3 + 1AP

69 x 21 x 34 in. / 175.3 x 53.3 x 86.4 cm

Installed at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Installation view of a silicone, steel, hair, urethane and clothing sculpture by Tony Matelli featuring a hyper-realistic man levitating

Josh, 2010

silicone, steel, hair, urethane, clothing, edition of 3 + 1AP

30 x 74 x 22 in. / 76.2 x 188 x 55.9 cm

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Installation shot of a life-size and hyper-realistic sculpture of an explorer standing on a rock surrounded by monkeys

The Wanderer, 2002

fiberglass, silicone, artificial hair, fabric, foam, wire, wood, paint

112 1/4 x 82 5/8 x 82 5/8 in. / 285.1 x 209.9 x 209.9 cm

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Outdoor installation view of a hyper-realistic golden retriever walking outside of the West 72nd St. and Broadway subway station

Stray Dog, 2000

painted bronze, edition of 3 + 1AP

20 x 45 x 15 in. / 50.8 x 127 x 38.1 cm

Installed at West 72nd St. and Broadway, New York, New York

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Painted bronze sculpture of a weed with blue petals and green leaves

Weed #532, 2019

painted bronze

29 x 12 x 16 in. / 73.7 x 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Hyper-realistic painted bronze sculpture of a green weed

Weed #487, 2019

painted bronze

15 x 9 1/2 x 9 in. / 38.1 x 24.1 x 22.9 cm

Hyper realistic sculpture by Tony Matelli of a sculpture of Julius Caesar on the ground with strawberries and sliced mangoes spread throughout

Caesar, 2018

marble, painted bronze, painted urethane

18 1/2 x 59 x 30 in. / 47 x 150 x 76.2 cm

Installation view of a painted bronze, cast glass, marble sculpture featuring the mythical goddess Diana and a deer with sliced limes spread throughout

Diana, 2017

painted bronze, cast glass, marble

72 x 37 x 20 in. / 182.9 x 94 x 50.8 cm

Detail photograph of a sculpture by Tony Matelli featuring the head of the goddess Diana and surrounded by limes

Diana, 2017

Detail

Outdoor installation shot of a cast stone, bronze and steel sculpture of the goddess Hera by Tony Matelli with hyper-realistic watermelons spread throughout

Hera, 2017

cast stone, bronze, steel

154 x 48 x 48 in. / 391.2 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm

Installed at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Urethane on mirror work by Tony Matelli featuring a gray background with scribbles of hearts and faces

Hearts and Faces, 2015

urethane on mirror

60 x 96 in. / 152.4 x 243.84 cm

Hyper-realistic silicone and stainless steel sculpture by Tony Matelli of a green rope intertwined in space

Untitled, 2015

silicone and stainless steel

104 x 55 x 55 in. / 264.16 x 139.7 x 139.7 cm

Outdoor installation shot hyper-realistic cast bronze, acrylic and urethane paint sculpture by Tony Matelli of an older man sleepwalking in his underwear

Sleepwalker, 2014

cast bronze, acrylic and urethane paint, edition of 3 + 1AP

69 x 21 x 34 in. / 175.3 x 53.3 x 86.4 cm

Installed at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Installation view of a silicone, steel, hair, urethane and clothing sculpture by Tony Matelli featuring a hyper-realistic man levitating

Josh, 2010

silicone, steel, hair, urethane, clothing, edition of 3 + 1AP

30 x 74 x 22 in. / 76.2 x 188 x 55.9 cm

Installation shot of a life-size and hyper-realistic sculpture of an explorer standing on a rock surrounded by monkeys

The Wanderer, 2002

fiberglass, silicone, artificial hair, fabric, foam, wire, wood, paint

112 1/4 x 82 5/8 x 82 5/8 in. / 285.1 x 209.9 x 209.9 cm

Outdoor installation view of a hyper-realistic golden retriever walking outside of the West 72nd St. and Broadway subway station

Stray Dog, 2000

painted bronze, edition of 3 + 1AP

20 x 45 x 15 in. / 50.8 x 127 x 38.1 cm

Installed at West 72nd St. and Broadway, New York, New York

About

Tony Matelli.

About

Tony Matelli was born in 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1995. The artist frequently focuses on themes of time, ambivalence, banality, and wonder. In Matelli’s work the physical laws of objects are often reversed, upended or atomized, and with these deft manipulations of matter and gravity come profound reorientations in perspective and ultimately, states of being.  

Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The Davis Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; ILLUMInations at The Venice Biennale,  and The High Line, New York, New York. A mid-career survey, Tony Matelli: A Human Echo, premiered at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark in 2012 and traveled to the Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway in 2013.

Tony Matelli’s work is in numerous public collections that include the Davis Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; FLAG Art Foundation, New York, New York; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; The National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow, Russia; Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Madrid, Spain; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden; Musée d’arte Contemporain Montreal, Canada; and Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Denmark. The artist lives and works in New York.

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