Matthew Marks Gallery

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Matthew Marks is an art gallery located in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea and the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood. Founded in the early 1990s by Matthew Marks, it specializes in modern and contemporary art in a variety of media: including painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, film, and drawings and prints. It represents a broad spectrum of artists, from established figures like Ellsworth Kelly and Jasper Johns to a younger generation of artists like Robert Gober and Nan Goldin. The gallery has three exhibition spaces in New York City and two in Los Angeles.


Matthew Marks worked for the Pace Gallery in New York and Anthony d'Offay in London prior to opening his own gallery.[1] At Pace, he organized his first show of American prints in 1983 at the age of twenty, and co-organized a show of Picasso sketchbooks in 1986.[2][not in citation given]

After working for three years at d'Offay, Marks moved back to New York to open his own gallery on Madison Avenue. The Matthew Marks Gallery had its first exhibition, Artists' Sketchbooks, in February 1991, including Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly.

The gallery opened its first space in Chelsea on 22nd Street in 1994. By 1997, the gallery was fully transplanted to Chelsea, and the Madison Ave. space was closed. In 2012, the gallery opened two locations in Los Angeles.


Brice Marden, one of the gallery's stalwart artists, said "Crudely spoken, [Matthew Marks] seems to be a little less in it for himself than a lot of the other dealers."[3] Established dealer Barbara Gladstone said that ‘the artists love him. He's comfortable with artists; he really puts himself out for them.”[4] And collector Eli Broad was quoted as saying, "I do not believe artists go to his gallery for his savvy as a businessman," comments the collector Eli Broad…"[Marks is respected] for his sure taste and for the seriousness he brings to everything he does" (translated from French).[5]


The gallery has invited art historians like Thomas Crow and Harry Cooper to write essays for gallery catalogues for the exhibitions it has organized over the years, beyond the usual monographic and group shows. The artists Charles Ray and Robert Gober and Terry Winters were invited to organize shows. In 2005, the Matthew Marks Gallery organized Jasper Johns: Catenary, which was the first exhibition of the artist's work since his 1996 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

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It has also exhibited work by painters Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Eric Konigsberg, "Marks Nabs Johns: How gallerist Matthew Marks bagged the flag man and became the new Leo Castelli," New York Magazine, May 21, 2005.
  2. ^ Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris," 2010, Picasso Chronology ("Glimcher, Arnold and Marc, eds. Je suis le cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press; New York: Pace Gallery, 1986. Catalogue raisonné by Matthew Marks, articles by Claude Picasso, E. A. Carmean, Robert Rosenblum, Rosalind E. Krauss, Sam Hunter Gert Schiff, Françoise Gilot.")
  3. ^ Lisa Gubernick, De Kooning's Uptown Upstart Art Dealer Slouches Toward Success Despite Slump, New York Observer, April 25, 1994.
  4. ^ Dodie Kazanjian, Marks and Sparks, Vogue, February 1995, 296
  5. ^ Matthew Marks, l'homme pressé. Beaux Arts, November 1993, 41.

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