Matthew Brannon
Try & Be Grateful
31 January – 1 April 2007

A woman, dressed in a pantsuit resembling a disco ball, stands on a plinth. Spotlit, she is performing for an audience in a darkened environment.

New York artist Matthew Brannon is back again at the AGYU with all his foibles and fears exposed: career anxiety of success and humiliation, alcoholism, substance abuse, and sexual misadventure. Within this first retrospective of his prints elegantly installed at the AGYU in a faux Art Fair setting, Brannon’s “exposure” provides material for both on the couch and over it. Décor is a veil for truth telling about the self and the art system.

Titling his AGYU exhibition Try & Be Grateful, Brannon ambivalently insinuates: Who is speaking — the artist or institution? He is grateful for Lari Pittman designing his poster, and he is most grateful for the forthcoming AGYU publication, which he himself will design.

Matthew Brannon: Try & Be Grateful is an AGYU Founder Presentation.

See also

Matthew Brannon: To Say the Very Least

Matthew Brannon: To Say the Very Least
catalogue raisonné
2008

Documentation

Documentation
Matthew Brannon
31 Jan – 1 Apr 2007

Matthew Brannon: Try & Be Grateful

Matthew Brannon: Try & Be Grateful
exhibition
31 Jan – 1 Apr 2007

Matthew Brannon and Liam Gillick

Matthew Brannon and Liam Gillick
offsite exhibition
1 Oct – 7 Nov 2005

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