Matt Mullican

Biography of Matt Mullican

From the start of his career, Matt Mullican (born 1951 in Santa Monica, US) has produced a focused but multifaceted body of work founded on an interest in notions of reality and perception. A New York-based conceptual artist, over the last 25 years Mullican has developed a lexicon of stylized signs and images, a rich vocabulary that is simultaneously personal and generic. He has devised a variety of structures for these signs in order to organize our world and describe its systems and relationships.


Underlying Matt Mullican’s work is an artistic concept encompassing—in a literal sense—a worldview, thus every work contains the complex logic of a universal form. Color is the organizing principle in Mullican’s cosmology, specifically where red means subjective, black represents language or sign, yellow symbolizes the world framed (the arts) as opposed to blue which is the world unframed (unconscious), and finally green is symbolic of the elements. Nationally and internationally renowned, Mullican has exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Galerie in Berlin, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. 

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