The Greatness of Matta

Roberto Matta, Comment une conscience se fait univers (peut etre), © Roberto Seb
Roberto Matta, Comment une conscience se fait univers (peut etre), © Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris Courtesy The Pace Gallery

Donald Kuspit reviews the exhibition Matta: A Centennial Celebration on view at Pace Gallery through January 28, 2012.

Kuspit writes: "Matta's last cosmic paintings are less emotional than they seem -- that an emotional reading of them sells their intellectuality short. They are not about the 'mindless' feelings of a surreally deranged and delirious self, but a 'mindful' contemplation of a cosmos in which there is no self."