Matts Leiderstam is a Swedish artist living and working in Stockholm. Matts’s oeuvre focuses on the history of gazes. For more than two decades, he has studied, appropriated and re-enacted the methods and techniques used by artists over the centuries to organise the play of glances. In the series Grand Tour (1997–2007), Matts explored the implicit or encoded homosexual subjects and structures of classical portrait and landscape painting, from the Italian renaissance via Lorraine and Poussin, to Courbet’s realism.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Matts Leiderstam, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2010); Seen from Here, Malmö Konstmuseum and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2010). Selected solo exhibitions include: Attitude and Canon, x-bit – Akademie der Bildende Künste, Vienna (2010); Parkliv, Marabouparken, Sundbyberg (2010); Calling Beauty, Bureau for Open Culture at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus (2010).
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