Matthew Wong: The Realm of Appearances
Matthew Wong achieved resounding critical acclaim during his short career, which spanned just six years, between 2013, when he began painting and drawing in earnest, and his death in 2019 at the age of 35. In that time, he created a visual language uniquely his own, becoming known for vibrant and psychologically charged landscape paintings in a wide range of styles.
From his rarely seen early works to iconic later paintings, the artist’s incredible talent is on full display in the first museum retrospective and first US museum exhibition devoted to the self-taught artist. Featuring approximately 40 works in a variety of mediums including oil, ink, watercolor, and gouache, it offers the first formal account of how Wong adeptly synthesized many inspirations—from the Fauvists to 17th-century Qing period ink painters to contemporaries he admired—to create a visual language uniquely his own.
See the full scope of works Wong created in a short period of time and reflect on his persistent pursuit to capture humanity’s relationship to the world beyond the physical realm.
- Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)
Matthew Wong, See you on the Other Side, 2019
Matthew Wong, The Realm of Appearances, 2018
Matthew Wong, River at Night, 2018
Matthew Wong, Untitled, 2015
Matthew Wong, Old Town, 2017
Matthew Wong, Unknown Pleasures, 2019
Matthew Wong, Landscape with Mother and Child, 2017
Matthew Wong, Banishment from the Garden, 2015
Matthew Wong, Blue Rain, 2018
Matthew Wong, A Walk by the Sea, 2019
The exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is generously supported by the Henry and Lois Foster Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions. Additional support from the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, the Diane Krane Family and Jonathan and Gina Krane Family Fund, and the Joel Alvord and Lisa Schmid Alvord Fund.