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40654 Mirage

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Mirage,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 inches
50.8 x 61 centimeters
CR# MW.40654

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40681 Landscape of a Conversation

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Landscape of a Conversation,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# MW.40681

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40684 Children of a Primordial Land

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Children of a Primordial Land,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# MW.40684

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40649 Nostalgia

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Nostalgia,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 centimeters
CR# MW.40649

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40687 Midnight

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Midnight,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# MW.40687

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40683 Reverie

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Reverie,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50.8 centimeters
CR# MW.40683

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40744 New Day

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
New Day,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches
101.6 x 76.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40744

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40653 The Desert

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Desert,  2016
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 inches
50.8 x 61 centimeters
CR# MW.40653

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41550 Abyss

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Abyss,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41550

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40808 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40808
 

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41003 Clear Day

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Clear Day,  nd
Acrylic on paper
12 1/8 x 9 1/4  inches
30.8 x 23.5 centimeters
CR# MW.41003

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40793 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40793

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41529 The Thinker

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Thinker,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41529

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40954 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
9 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches
23.2 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# MW.40954

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40951 Lightning

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Lightning,  2016
Acrylic on paper
9 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches
23.2 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# MW.40951

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40810 Dedicated to Forrest Bess and Albert Pinkham Ryder

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Dedicated to Forrest Bess and Albert Pinkham Ryder,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40810

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41536 The Searchers

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Searchers,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41536

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40948 Narcissus

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Narcissus,  2016
Acrylic on paper
9 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches
23.2 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# MW.40948

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40803 Intrigue

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Intrigue,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40803

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40801 The Beyond

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Beyond,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40801

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40805 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40805

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40799 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40799

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40955 After Hours

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
After Hours,  2016
Acrylic on paper
9 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches
23.2 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# MW.40955

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40798 Beach At Night

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Beach At Night,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40798

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40797 Bather and Turtle

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Bather and Turtle,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40797

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41530 Together

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Together,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41530

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40796 Afterglow

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Afterglow,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40796

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40795 The Wall

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Wall,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40795

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40949 Longing

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Longing,  2016
Acrylic on paper
9 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches
23.2 x 31.1 centimeters
CR# MW.40949

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40792 Boyhood

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Boyhood,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40792

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40791 Infinity

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Infinity,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40791

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41548 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41548

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40720 White Sea, White Sky

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
White Sea, White Sky,  2016
Gouache on paper
30 x 22 inches
76.2 x 55.9 centimeters
CR# MW.40720

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40806 Whispers

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Whispers,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches
31.1 x 23.2 centimeters
CR# MW.40806

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40721 Relic

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Relic,  2016
Gouache on paper
30 x 22 inches
76.2 x 55.9 centimeters
CR# MW.40721

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41524 One Day It Will All Make Sense

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
One Day It Will All Make Sense,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41524

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41534 The Family

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Family,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41534

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41535 Puddle

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Puddle,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41535

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41549 Act Of Faith

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Act Of Faith,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41549

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41523 Blue Chamber

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Blue Chamber,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41523

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41525 The Cycle

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Cycle,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41525

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41526 Virgin Light

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Virgin Light,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41526

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41527 Divine Order

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Divine Order,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41527

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41547 Desolation Row

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Desolation Row,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41547

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41546 Lust

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Lust,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41546

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41545 Sleeping On the Grass

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Sleeping On the Grass,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41545

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41544 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41544

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41543 Inner Circle

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Inner Circle, 2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41543

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41542 The Bridge

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Bridge,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41542

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41541 The Gaze

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Gaze,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41541

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41540 Night Garden

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Night Garden,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41540

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41539 Praying In the Woods

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Praying In the Woods, 2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41539

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41538 The Kiss

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
The Kiss,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41538

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41537 Here

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Here,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41537

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41532 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41532

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41531 Untitled

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Untitled,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41531

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41528 Bright Moment

Matthew Wong (1984 - 2019)
Bright Moment,  2016
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 centimeters
CR# MW.41528

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Introduction

Cheim & Read is pleased to present Matthew Wong: Paintings from Los Angeles 2016, which will open on May 4 and run through September 10 at the gallery’s Chelsea location. This is Wong’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, which follows Matthew Wong: Footprints in the Wind, Ink Drawings 2013–2017 (May 5–September 3, 2021), a suite of works that charted the artist’s exploration of ink wash on rice paper, materials traditional to Chinese landscape painting, some of which he began while living in Hong Kong and working in Zhongshan, China.

 

The works in Paintings from Los Angeles 2016 differ markedly from those widely exhibited during the artist’s lifetime. Instead of the blues which have become virtually synonymous with the artist in the public imagination, the palette and textures of these paintings reflect the super-heated atmosphere of Los Angeles, where a teeming metropolis collides with the harsh natural landscape: the Pacific ocean, mountains, and desert. Wong, a Canadian artist who was born in Toronto in 1984 and lived and worked in Edmonton, made these paintings in 2016 during a three-month stay in Los Angeles, the last stop on a visit which included New York and Michigan. The brushwork is loaded and expressionistic, revealing a distinct and compelling aspect of Wong’s practice. These works seem to combine the color of the French Fauvists with the alienated sensuality of the German expressionist Die Brücke group, like Erich Heckel or Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and the plaintive directness of Georges Rouault with the streetwise grittiness of the East Village scene of the 1980s. In one image, a man and a woman copulate on the beach under the stars. Other paintings are startling in their simplicity, with mountains, sea, and sky distilled to their essence. Some compositions are clustered with information, with nude figures walking through jungle-like settings, while others are spare, even stark, as in Infinity, where a lone grisaille figure wanders along an empty highway receding to the horizon.

 

The human body is similarly abstracted, such as the columnar torso of Boyhood, or the amoeba- like heads in The Desert. There are also striking views of interiors, redolent of the artist’s love of Henry Matisse and David Hockney, with windows opening to the outdoors or offering glimpses of private lives within. In other works, Wong transforms the casual hedonism long associated with Los Angeles into lyrical evocations of the figure in the landscape, a 21st-century Arcadia echoing the idealized images from 17th-century French painting, where naked humanity and nature coexist in timeless harmony as in a Garden of Eden.

 

 

MATTHEW WONG

Matthew Wong was a self-taught Canadian painter whose surreal, poetic motifs vaulted him to the top contemporary art in just a few short years. The artist's iconic imagery often features lone figures wandering in dappled, imaginary landscapes, and moody, emotional interiors painted from memory. In his words, these images “activate nostalgia, both personal and collective.” Wong was hailed as “one of the most talented painters of his generation” by Roberta Smith.

Born in 1984 in Toronto, he earned a BA in 2007 in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MFA in 2013 in photography from the School of Creative Media of the City University in Hong Kong. Wong's painting practice was truncated to only six years from 2014 to his untimely death in 2019. His work, however, broadly invokes art historical precedents that range from tenth century Chinese literati painting to the Western canon including artists like Chaim Soutine, Vincent Van Gogh, Louise Bourgeois, and Yayoi Kusama.

The artist rose to international prominence in 2017 when he was featured in a number of group exhibitions in New York, including at Cheim & Read, where his work was reproduced in a review in the The New York Times. Wong's first U.S. solo exhibition opened at Karma in New York in March 2018, and was again reviewed in The New York Times and The New Yorker, among others.

In October 2019, he took his life in Edmonton, Canada. He was 35. Wong suffered from Tourette’s syndrome, Autism, and depression. His second New York solo exhibition, Blue, was scheduled to open that November, and it went ahead as planned as a posthumous memorial to the artist, with no works for sale. 

The first museum exhibition of Wong's work, Blue View, organized by Julian Cox, was on view alongside Picasso's Blue Period paintings at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. An exhibition is planned at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2022, and a forthcoming exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will pair his work with Van Gogh's. Wong's work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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