The Possibility of the Absurd

Read More  |  9.10.19  |  Article by Erwin Wurm & Philippa Snow  |  Art, interview, Magazine  |  MM16

Few artists mix the style and imagery of high fashion with the high concepts and social commentary of fine art as effectively as the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, whose work plays on the tropes of magazine photography in order to disrupt the status quo. Witness the torn-out Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar pages he paints on in his 2011 volume, Wear Me Out: he makes chaos out of art-directed beauty, and in doing so makes beauty out of chaos. Here, Wurm has created an extensive series of exclusive artworks for Modern Matter in collaboration with Olu Odukoya, using special-edition archive issues of the magazine as raw material, as part of our ongoing Overprints project. From this particular Overprint portfolio’s first conception — inspired by the sight of those fashionable painting-collages in Wear Me Out —  to its eventual execution, more than a year of work has gone into the pages reproduced here. Proof, if proof were needed, that good things come to those who wait, and to those driven to create.

An Interview with Erwin Wurm, conducted by Philippa Snow
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E.W.

Read More  |  5.10.19  |  Article by Erwin Wurm  |  Art, Magazine  |  MM16

A Visual Essay in Collaboration with Modern Matter and Erwin Wurm
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H.L.

Read More  |  5.10.19  |  Article by Helmut Lang  |  Art, Magazine  |  MM16

A visual essay created in collaboration with Modern Matter and Helmut Lang
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Visual Essay

Read More  |  5.10.19  |  Article by Olu Odukoya  |  Art, Magazine  |  MM16

When we create an image, we ourselves become performers, curating an image of ourselves and of how we see our surroundings. In this way, the image is imbued with our sense of self — and by the same means, we can often decode images of others through our own experiences as a viewer. Questions around the language of the visual, too, have never been more pertinent than in the age of Instagram.
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To The Serpentine

Read More  |  4.07.19  |  Article by Michele Robecchi  |  Art, interview, Magazine  |  MM8

An interview with Julia Peyton Jones marking the fifteenth year of The Serpentine Pavilion

Photography by Jukka Ovaskainen
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Fetischismus

Read More  |  1.07.19  |  Article by Annabel Elston & Joseph Kosuth  |  Art, Magazine  |  MM8

In Joseph Kosuth’s Amnesia: Various, Luminous, Fixed at Spruth Magers London, a literal Freudian slip appeared on display: the opening page of the very first proof copy of Fetischismus, with the errors corrected by the author’s own hand and then blown-up, as neon lights, around it.
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Talking Tit

Read More  |  2.06.19  |  Article by Olu Odukoya  |  Art, interview, Magazine  |  MM11


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A Tribute to Franz West: Part One

Read More  |  2.06.19  |  Article by Philippa Snow  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM15

The Nineties brought Austrian artist Franz West (1947-2012) international recognition. He playfully manipulated everyday materials to call attention to the way in which art is presented to the public, and how viewers interact with works of art, and with each other. Our 15th Issue is an appreciation of the artist, featuring WORK, WRITINGS, press clippings, ADAPTIVES, a look at the retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, HANS ULRICH OBRIST and FRANZ WEST in conversation, & MORE.

Modern Matter's latest issue, REMASTERED, is out now.
Slipcase, 600 pages

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