Tony Matelli

Female Sleepwalker, 2008

Epoxy, hair, color, steel, underwear
160 × 75 × 55 cm

In a female version of Sleepwalker the emotions to the statue are being pushed aside in favor of having a discussion about art, a question that Tony Matelli called ‘issues of modesty and Victorian ideas people have about the human body’. Why did the nude male Sleepwalker create such angst, whereas nude female version has presumably not? This reaction can also indicate a larger problem: Why a half-nude man sculpture inspires such fear when the woman in her most natural appearance causes the sense of insecurity and defenselessness?

Naturally Naked. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Aug-Dec 2019
People, Jeffrey Deitch Projects, 2019, Los Angeles, CA
People, Jeffrey Deitch Projects, 2018, New York, NY
Tony Matelli – A Human Echo, Kunstmuseene Bergen, Norway 2013
Tony Matelli – A Human Echo, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in 2012
Uppsala Art Museum, 2009

Tony Matelli. Survival 1,2. Gary Tatintsian Gallery. 2008.

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