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Matt Mullican

Since the 1970s, US artist Matt Mullican has been interested in models for explaining the world. He has developed a complex system of symbols consisting of various pictograms and colors as a means of tackling the question of the structure of the world, and with his system he aims to portray in symbols every aspect of the human condition in different combinations.

Every color has a specific symbolic value attached to it. For example, green stands for material, blue for the everyday world, yellow for ideas, white and black for language and red for the subjective.

The model of perception that Mullican calls the theory of the five worlds serves him as a system of order for his method of working as an artist. It illustrates the relationship between the world and its representation. The artist is particularly interested in how we charge symbols and systems of symbols with meaning. —Nikolaus Bischoff

  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Elephant, August 31, 1924), 2021

    oilstick, acrylic on canvas, rubbing
    78.74 x 157.48 in (200 x 400 cm)

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Behind the picture and details), 2021

    oilstick, acrylic on canvas, rubbing | two parts, each 100 x 200 x 4.5 cm
    78.74 x 78.74 in (200 x 200 cm)

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Things change in Heaven - Details 3), 2021

    Acrylic and oil stick rubbing on canvas | 2 parts, total image 200 x 400 cm

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Things change in Heaven), 2019

    gouache on wood | 4 parts, each image 40 x 30 x 2 cm

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  • Matt Mullican, Matt Mullican Hand Printed Shawl, 2017

    100% Silk | Made in Como - Italy by Ratti S.p.A., designed by the artist | Color variations: blue, blue-white | edition of 160 + 10 APs | Hand-signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity
    19.69 x 78.74 in (50 x 200 cm)
    EUR 350

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (2x2 Sign), 2015

    oilstick on canvas, rubbing
    78.74 x 78.74 in (200 x 200 cm)

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Square colored chart 2), 2011

    acrylic, oilstick on canvas 121.9 x 121.9 cm
    48.03 x 48.03 in (122 x 122 cm)

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  • Matt Mullican, Untitled (Two City Charts with Sign), 2005

    oilstick on canvas, rubbing
    24.02 x 29.92 in (61 x 76 cm)
    EUR 9 000

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