MATTHEW RITCHIE’s installations of painting, wall drawings, light boxes, sculpture, and projections are investigations of the idea of information; explored through science, architecture, history and the dynamics of culture, defined equally by their range and their lyrical visual language. In 2001,Time magazine listed Ritchie as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium, for exploring “the unthinkable or the not-yet-thought.”
His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Bienal and the Sydney Biennial. Solo shows include the Dallas Museum of Art; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portikus, Frankfurt and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other institutions worldwide; including a permanent large-scale installation at MIT. An award winning permanent installation opened in December 2006 in a new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. In 2009 Ritchie will collaborate with Aaron and Bryce Dessner on a performance work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and with physicist Lisa Randall and composer Hector Parra on a opera at the Centre Georges Pompidou.