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Matthew Ritchie

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Matthew Ritchie is a self-professed cosmologist, a connoisseur of information structures whose templates include action painting, superstring theory, medieval hagiographies, molecular biology, and comic books. Though his paintings and installations bear individual titles, they are best understood as multidimensional or exploded facets of a single (impossible) master image, a unified field that heeds no distinctions between seen objects and conceptually unbounded themes. Critics dutifully recite the back story to this elaborate oeuvre: The artist invented a pantheon of forty-nine elements or archangels or superheroes, whose interactions catalyze a private universe apprehended in the work on view. Ritchie’s pieces are positioned rhetorically as images barely coalesced from a primordial soup of intellectual reference. But the plots and theories are not, finally, the pivotal aspect of his

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