Matthew Collings, the British artist and writer, has been recognized throughout a diverse and emphatic career for his wit and brilliant perspective on art and the culture that surrounds it. As the editor of Artscribe, a timely publication that regularly featured contributions by Art & Language; the creator, writer, and host of a number of TV documentaries, including the six-part series This Is Modern Art, which won many awards, including a BAFTA; and an author of books about contemporary art in London that combine informed description with "seeing the black heart in everything," Collings has received notable recognition, including a special commendation from the Turner Prize committee. His exhibition Matthew Collings and Emma Biggs: Suspicious Utopia opens March 23 at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.
For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Collings promises an evening of aesthetic intensity and lurid biography as he shares the peculiar life experiences that fed into his optimistic abstract paintings about light that he makes in collaboration with mosaicist Emma Biggs. The paintings stand in stark contrast to the acute and uncompromising look he takes as a writer and commentator, while nevertheless being made with the conviction that, as stated on Collings's website, "Art, as it used to be understood, has come to an end."