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Matthew Drutt (born December 8, 1962) is an American editor, writer, and independent curator who specializes in modern and contemporary art. Based in New York, he currently works with the Beyeler Foundation in Switzerland, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, and the M.T. Abraham Foundation, consulting on exhibitions, publications, and collections. In 2006, the French Government awarded him the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,[2] and in 2003, his exhibition Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism won Best Monographic Exhibition Organized Nationally from the International Association of Art Critics.[1]

Matthew Drutt
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Born (1962-12-08) December 8, 1962 (age 56)
Philadelphia, PA
OccupationCurator, editor, author
EducationNew York University
Alma materYale University
Notable awardsBest Monographic Exhibition Organized Nationally[1]


Early life, educationEdit

Matthew Drutt was born on December 8, 1962 in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Helen Williams Drutt, an educator, gallerist, and collector of international contemporary crafts.[3] He received his B.A. cum laude from New York University in 1986 with a double major in History of Art and Russian Studies, and earned an M.A. from Yale University in 1987.[4]


From 1993 to 2001, he was a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he organized shows such as Amazons of the Avant-Garde,[5] The Art of the Motorcycle in 1998, Mediascape in 1996, Josef Albers in 1995, and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1994. He was chief curator for The Menil Collection in Houston[6] from 2001 to 2006, where he organized exhibitions of Robert Gober, Ellsworth Kelly, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Anna Gaskell, and Vik Muniz,[5] as well as collection-based projects.[4]

In 1999, Drutt organized the exhibit Bill Fontana: Acoustical Visions of Venice for the 48th Venice Biennale in cooperation with The Bohen Foundation, and in 2011 he returned to curate Anton Ginzburg: At The Back of the North Wind for the 54th Venice Biennale.[4]

Among his authored exhibit catalogs are Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism, an exhibit centered on Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, who had founded the avant-garde Suprematist movement in the early 1900s.[7][8][9] It was published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 2003.[10] The exhibition won Best Monographic Exhibition Organized Nationally from the International Association of Art Critics.[1]

From 2006-2010, he was executive director of the international artist residency program Artpace in San Antonio,[6] where he produced solo exhibitions of artists Kehinde Wiley, David Adjaye,[5] Kate Gilmore, and Nathan Carter, among others.[4] In 2010, he also curated the yearlong exhibition Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Billboards, the first show devoted to this artist’s public work in depth.[6] After this, he was executive director of Lisson Gallery in London, Milan, and New York,[11] where he oversaw its international sales of artists, including Daniel Buren, Tony Cragg,[2] Ryan Gander, Dan Graham, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Jason Martin, Jonathan Monk, and Lawrence Weiner.[4] From 2012[11] to 2013,[4] he was the founding executive director of the Blouin Cultural Advisory Group, and was curator for the Louise Blouin Foundation in London,[11] where he organized exhibitions of work by Chris Marker in 2012 and Olga de Amaral in 2013.[4]

He has also served as a visiting professor at Columbia University[5] in both the Graduate School of the Arts and the Avery School of Architecture and at the Fashion Institute of Technology.[4]

Boards and committeesEdit

Drutt serves on boards and committees including the El Lissitzky Foundation in Eindhoven since 2013. He has been on the advisory board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation since 2012 and The Fabric Workshop and Museum's artist advisory board since 2010. Previously, he was on the advisory boards of the American Academy in Berlin, American Academy in Rome, and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. He was a chair for Luminaria: Arts Night in San Antonio and the American Association of Museum Directors. He had also worked with both Public Art San Antonio and Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.[4]


In 2006, the French Government awarded him the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for accomplishments in the international art world.[2] In 2003, his exhibition, Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism, received the award for Best Monographic Exhibition Organized Nationally from the International Association of Art Critics,[1] who also awarded him 2nd place in 1996 in the same category for Max Beckmann in Exile.


The following is a collection of approximately one third the exhibits Drutt has organized:

  • Mediascape, Guggenheim Museum Soho, June 14 - September 15, 1996
  • Guggenheim Virtual Museum, a collaboration with Asymptote Architects, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, launched March 2, 1998
  • The Art of the Motorcycle, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, June 26 - September 20, 1998. Traveled until 2003.
  • Bill Fontana: Acoustical Visions of Venice, 48th Venice Biennale, June 13 - November 30, 1999
  • Amazons of the Avant-Garde. Six Russian Artists: Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, Liubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Varvara Stepanova, and Nadezhda Udaltsova. Traveled (1999-2001)
  • Marie Lorenz: Narrative/Memory/Navigation, Artpace San Antonio, July 26 - October 14, 2007
  • Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind, 54th Venice Biennale, June 1 - November 27, 2011
  • Chris Marker. Selected Works: 1951 - 2011, Louise Blouin Foundation, London. October 9 - November 3, 2012
  • Gifts of Contemporary Art to The State Hermitage Museum on the Occasion of its 250th Anniversary, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, November 2014 - February 2015


Note that the following list doesn't include most exhibition catalogs Drutt has written, though many have been published. He wrote his first exhibition catalog in 1992, for Albert Paley: Sculptural Adornment at the Renwick Gallery, an exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution. It was published by the University of Washington Press in 1992.

  • 1998: Motorcycle Mania: The Biker Book (New York: Universe Books) - author
  • 2001: Thannhauser: The Thannhauser Collection of the Guggenheim Museum (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) - editor
  • 2009: 2004-2006 Artpace Residencies and Exhibitions (San Antonio: Artpace) - editor
  • 2010: "Bogota's Ascendant Art Scene" (summer Modern Painters) - author
  • 2012: Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind, exhibition catalogue (Hatje Cantz Verlag: 54th Venice Biennale)
  • 2013: "The Armory Show 1913: A Centennial Reckoning," (February Art+Auction, pp. 74 – 79)
  • 2013: "Floating Face Down, Tethered with Cords," in Matthew Ronay: The Third Attention (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft: Louisville)
  • 2013: "Currently Collecting: An Interview with Alvin Friedman-Kien," (June Art+Auction, p. 81)
  • 2013: “Olga de Amaral” (Modern Painters)
  • 2013: “Currently Collecting: An Interview with George Beylerian" (Art+Auction)
  • 2013: “Art & Technology,” in A Look Inside The AT&T Art Collection (Dallas: AT&T)


  1. ^ a b c d "Best Curator Houston 2004 -". Houston Press. 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". Blouin ArtInfo. The Drutt Report. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Amy (March 29, 2009). "A discerning eye, a diva's fervor Helen Drutt lifted craft out of obscurity into artistry". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Matthew Drutt". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  5. ^ a b c d " Speaker - Matthew Drutt". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  6. ^ a b c Bennett, Steve (January 25, 2011). "Matthew Drutt leaves Artpace". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  7. ^ Kazimir Malevich at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  8. ^ Malevich, Kasimir — A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art
  9. ^ Casimir Malevich — The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
  10. ^ Drutt, Matthew (Feb 18, 2003). Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism (1st ed.). Harry N. Abrams, Inc. p. 272. ISBN 978-0892072651.
  11. ^ a b c "Matthew Drutt taking up his post at Blouin Cultural Advisory Group". Art Media Agency. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-30.

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