Life and career
Slotover's father, Robert Slotover manages classical musicians including the composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle; his mother Jill Slotover is a children's book editor. Matthew's maternal grandfather, Richard Kravitz was an American magazine publisher who introduced Esquire and DC Comics to the UK.
Slotover launched Frieze in June 1991 with Tom Gidley as co-editor. The pilot issue featured the first ever magazine interview with Damien Hirst, with a detail of a Hirst butterfly painting on the cover. Amanda Sharp joined Frieze in July 1991. In 1999, he founded Counter Editions, a low-cost, high-volume edition company, with Carl Freedman and Neville Wakefield.
Slotover is chair of the South London Gallery board of trustees. In 2000, he was a judge on the Turner Prize. And in 1993, he curated a section of the Aperto at the Venice Biennale, which included Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw and Rirkrit Tiravanija. He has spoken at several international conferences and symposia in venues such as the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Neue Museum, Graz, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London.
Through frieze, Slotover has also pursued other publishing projects, including the books: What the Butler Saw - The Selected Writings of Stuart Morgan; All Tomorrow's Parties - Photographs of Andy Warhol’s Factory, by Billy Name; and Designed by Peter Saville, a retrospective book of Saville's graphic design.
In 2010, Slotover debated whether "art fairs are about money" with Louisa Buck, Matthew Collings, and Jasper Joffe for the motion and against the motion Norman Rosenthal, Richard Wentworth, Matthew Slotover. Joffe claims that his criticisms of Frieze Art Fair led to his work being banned from the fair in 2010. Frieze replied that Resonance FM had hung a number of works, including Joffe's, against their agreement with the fair, and that to ensure a high quality level, artworks in the fair are included only via the galleries in the fair who are selected by the selection committee.
- Aida Edemariam. "All the fun of the fair". the Guardian.
- "Debate: Art Fairs Are About Money Not Art".
- "Diary: Joffe's jokey picture falls flat with Frieze". The Independent.
- "From Frieze to triptych". Financial Times.
- Jonathan Jones. "New Masters fair should end the classic art Frieze-out". the Guardian.
- Site name. "Power 100 / Art Review".
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2011.