Roberto Matta, Cosmos Mental, 1991. Oil on canvas, 6' 7" x 10' (200.7 cm x 304.8 cm). Artwork by Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Kerry Ryan McFate


Matta: A Centennial Celebration

Reviewed by The New York Times

December 8, 2011

Presented at Pace Gallery's 534 West 25th Street location on the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of Roberto Matta’s birth, Matta: A Centennial Celebration focuses on the later years of the artist’s life and features 14 paintings—with the largest measuring 13 by 27 feet—many of which have never before been on public view outside Europe.

Considered one of the great Surrealists, Matta is widely acclaimed for his critical—and catalytic—influence on the development of Abstract Expressionism and on his contemporaries, including Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell.

The exhibition, which is on view through January 28, is reviewed (opens in a new window) here by Ken Johnson, contributor for The New York Times.

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