PUBLISHER
Karma Books, New York

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 112 pgs / 49 color.

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Pub Date
Out of stock indefinitely

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 139   

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ISBN 9781949172324 TRADE
List Price: $40.00 CDN $56.00 GBP £35.00

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Matthew Wong: Blue

Text by Brad Phillips.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Matthew Wong: Blue.'

Luminous nocturnal paintings from acclaimed painter Matthew Wong’s final exhibition

This volume compiles oil and gouaches by the self-taught Canadian painter Matthew Wong (1984–2019) developed for his 2019 solo exhibition Matthew Wong: Blue at Karma Gallery in New York. The dusky and nocturnal scenes were intended as the coda to a previous series of day-lit oil and gouache paintings. All share a watery treatment, awash in blue and its proximal colors. For this body of work, completed over the past year of his life, Wong concerned himself with the “blueness of blue”: its fluidity, its affect, and its uncanny ability to “activate nostalgia, both personal and collective.”

With the sensibility of a flaneur, Wong’s semi-fictional subject matter refers to the sights he witnessed on walks while traveling in Sicily with his mother during the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The fully illustrated catalog is introduced with a short story titled 1996–2001, 2020, n.d., by Brad Phillips.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Matthew Wong: Blue.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Hyperallergic

Julia Friedman

A rising art-world star, Wong planned his exhibition Blue before his suicide in October. The show reveals a marked tension between beauty and melancholy, making it difficult at times to keep his biography and work separate.

New York Times

Roberta Smith

A posthumous show by one of the most talented painters of his generation reveals a “visionary fusion of form and feeling."

Bookforum

Albert Mobilio

[Wong] presents a sensitive meditation on the color’s melancholy cast...[this] inventive way of seeing brings an eerie dynamism to placid landscapes. The mental domain on vivid display in these works is rich in feeling, profound in its concentration. Wong understood and painted what Emily Dickinson called the “zero at the bone.”

Matthew Wong: Blue

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

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Matthew Wong: Postcards

MATTHEW WONG: POSTCARDS

Text by Winnie Wong. Poem by Henri Cole.

KARMA BOOKS, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781949172508
USD $35.00
| CAN $49 UK £ 30

Pub Date: 11/10/2020
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