Born in Tacoma, WA, 1975
MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2002
BA, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1997
Lives and works in Boston, MA, New York, NY and Berlin, Germany
The Distances, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Duets, Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Folded Pictures, Borch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Poems of Our Climate, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK
Librarie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
Currents 114: Matt Saunders, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Qiao Space, Shanghai, China
Kupferdrucke, Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Two Worlds, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan
Inondé, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
Borch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
A Year with 17 Moons, Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Neon in Daylight, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
A Step Away From Them, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
The Movies That Were Secret Remain Secret Somehow and a Nation Forgets Its Pleasures, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Century Rolls, Tate Liverpool, UK
China in Nixon, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
People on Sunday, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
Parallel Plot, Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Occasionals and Danger Men, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
Buster, Clockwork, Berlin, Germany
Binsey Poplars, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
Art Statements, Art|39|Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Gallery Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany
Hertha, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
Prison Scene, Martin Asbaek Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
House Arrest, Homie, Berlin, Germany
Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
Co-Stars, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
Slept, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY
Two Videos, Sert Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Screen Test, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
In Vitro, Alternative Space, Geneva, organized by Ada Polla
Six Landscapes: Daniele Genadry & Matt Saunders, Institute of Arab & Islamic Art, New York, NY
Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Summer in BORCHs Butik, Borch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
A brune figure in winter evening resists identity, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany
Summer in BORCHs Butik, Borch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
In the Abstract, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
Screens: Virtual Material, organized by Sarah Montross, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Double Take, Drawing Room and The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
Images That Speak, Presentation House Gallery at Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Cinema & Painting, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ
Test Pattern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Black Rabbit, White Hole, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA
Still, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The Ephemeral, Arndt, Berlin, Germany
Stop.Move, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Katarina Burin, Matthew Hale, Matt Saunders, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Sassa Trülzsch, Berlin, Germany
Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Private View II, Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany
Unaddressed Circumventions: Folds From a Failed Suicide, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY
A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
1999, China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Portrait 1, Die Fuge, Berlin, Germany
Passageworks: Contemporary Art from the Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Politics, Maisterra Valbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain
Freeway Balconies, curated by Collier Schorr, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany
Liquid Paper - Pure Land, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Founders Day, Grimm/Rosenfeld, New York, NY
The Parable Show, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Lazarus Effect, Prague Biennial 1, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic
Fair Play, Play Gallery for Still and Motion Pictures, Berlin Germany
Game Over, Grimm / Rosenfeld, New York, NY
Immediate Gesture, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY
On Paper, Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany
Enough About Me, curated by Deborah Kass, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
MFA Thesis Show, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
B-Hotel, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
Wight Biennial Twothousandandone, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Flaming, Galerie Atelier A48, Grenoble, France
O’Dwyer, ed. Matt Saunders: Poems of our Climate. Brooklyn, NY: Dancing Foxes Press, 2022.
Screens: Virtual Materials. Lincoln, MA: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2017.
Macfarlane, Kate, ed. Double Take: Drawing and Photography. London: Drawing Room, 2016.
Reimer, Karen, ed. Matt Saunders: Parallel Plot. Chicago: Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2013.
Articles & Reviews
Aggarwal-Schifellite, Manisha. "Early Responses Indicate Shift to Online Classes Going Well Overall." Harvard Gazette, March 26, 2020.
Su, Amanda Y. and Isselbacher, Juliet E. "‘A Living, Breathing Thing’: Departments, Students Rethink Thesis Proposals Due to Coronavirus Disruption." TheCrimson.com, April 27, 2020.
Chang, Chris. "Interview: Dara Birnbaum & Matt Saunders." BOMB, July 6, 2016.
Colvin, Rob. "Artists Pick Artists: Matt Saunders." Hyperallergic, July 11, 2016.
Munro, Stuart. "Matt Saunders: Two Worlds." ArtAsiaPacific, March 2016.
Pereira, Lorenzo. “Matt Saunders Exhibition Presents Two Worlds at Blum and Poe Tokyo.” Widewalls, January 23, 2016.
Gay, Malcolm. “Cambridge Artist Matt Saunders Wins Rappaport Prize.” Boston Globe, September 4, 2015.
Goodden, Sky. "Interview: Curator Christopher Eamon Troubles the Shifting Form (and Relevance) of Photography." MOMUS, April 9, 2015.
Greenberger, Alex. “Matt Saunders Wins the Decordova Sculpture Park’s Rappaport Prize.” ArtNews, September 4, 2015.
Herbert, Rhiannon. "Capture Photography Festival Highlights, Part 1: Images That Speak." BlackFlash Magazine, May 4, 2015.
Ramsey, Justin. "Step into the Frame: 'Images That Speak' at Capture Photography Festival." Montecristo Magazine, April 8, 2015.
Saunders, Matt. "The Rest is Silence." Artforum 53, no. 10 (Summer 2015): 281-82.
Cardon, Stephanie. "Matt Saunders, a Generous Mind." Bigredandshiny.com, January 18, 2013. Nagesh, Ashitha. "Matt Saunders." Artforum.com, January 8, 2013.
Polla, Ada. "Who do Contemporary Artists Collect? A Conversation with Matt Saunders." Huffington Post, February 21, 2013.
"Between Frames: Q+A with Matt Saunders," Artinamerica.com, December 8, 2011.
“Review: Matt Saunders/The Renaissance Society.” Newcity Art, March 2010.
Weinberg, Lauren. ”Parallel Plot,” TimeOut (Chicago), March 2010.
Latimer, Quinn. “Matt Saunders, Andreas Grimm, Munich.” Frieze, January 2009.
Marshall, Piper. “Matt Saunders: Harris Lieberman,” Artforum.com, March 27, 2009.
“Medium Cool, Best of Photography: Matt Saunders,” TimeOut (New York), no. 705, April 2-8, 2009.
Schwendener, Martha. “Get Your Anxiety Right Here,” Village Voice, February 25, 2009. Stillman, Nick. “Matt Saunders: Harris Lieberman Gallery.” Artforum 47, no. 10 (Summer 2009): 338. “Twilight Art.” CarefullyAimedDarts.blogspot.com, February 2009.
Turvey, Lisa. “Openings: Matt Saunders.” Artforum, February 2007.
“Matt Saunders,” New York Times, February 24, 2006.
Stillman, Nick. “Matt Saunders,” Artforum.com, February 2006.
Smith, Roberta. “Founders Day,” New York Times, August 19, 2005.
Berwick, Carly. “Matt Saunders.” ARTNews, January 2004.
Schambelan, Elizabeth. “Works on Paper,” Artforum.com, February 14, 2004.
Schambelan, Elizabeth. “Critics’ Pick: Matt Saunders,” Artforum.com, September 2003.
Mar, Alex. New York Sun, July 24, 2003.
Haendel, Karl. “Beyond Relativism” (catalogue). Wight Biennial Twothousandandone, 2001.
“Le Vampirisme selon Matt Saunders,” Tribune de Genève, May 3, 1999. “Fair Play,” Boiler Magazine, 1999.
Madoff, Steven Henry. “Matt Saunders.” ART ON THE EDGE: 17 Contemporary Artists, 61-64.
Art Purchase Prize, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Rappaport Prize, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Jean François Prat Prize
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship
Louis Sudler Prize Thomas T. Hoopes Prize
Museum and Public Collections
Deutsche Bank Collection
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,
CA Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT