New York Faculty

Matthew Nichols

Associate Professor, Christie's Education New York

Biography

Biography

Matthew Nichols gained his B.A. at Vassar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Upon joining Christie’s Education in 2004, Matthew taught the Historiography and Methods of Art History seminar and launched the Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art. Since 2014 he
has taught the Connoisseurship seminar while overseeing the growth and use of the study collection.

Matthew has taught numerous art history courses at Rutgers, Pace University, and The New School, where he was an adjunct assistant professor for ten years. Since 2008 he was thrice appointed visiting critic in residence for the MFA program at Montclair State University. His writing has frequently appeared in Art in America and numerous exhibition catalogs.

Research Interests

Research Interests

He is a specialist in modern and contemporary American art, with particular emphasis on representations of the modern urban environment.
Publications and Exhibitions

Publications and Exhibitions

Matthew Nichols regular contributes to Art in America.  Numerous exhibition reviews can be found here. 

Catalog essays:

“From Frame to Figure: The Sculpture of David Jacobs,” in David Jacobs: Sight and Sound, exh. cat. (Hempstead, NY: Hofstra University Museum, 2014), 8-16. 

“Behind the Sun,” Carolanna Parlato, exh. cat. (New York: Elizabeth Harris Gallery, 2012), 1-3. 

Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography & Video, exh. cat. (New York: International Center of Photography, 2009), 13 catalog essays on contemporary artists, including Kalup Linzy, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, and Mickalene Thomas. 

Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography & Video, exh. cat. (New York: International Center of Photography, 2006), 16 catalog essays on contemporary artists, including Robert Adams, Catherine Chalmers, Noriko Furunishi, Simon Starling, and Diana Thater. 

“Macyn Bolt: Recent Work,” Macyn Bolt, exh. cat. (New York: Kim Foster Gallery, 2006), 1-2. 

“The Nature of Things to Come,” Alyson Shotz, exh. cat. (Philadelphia: Locks Gallery, 2004), 5-9. 

Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography & Video, exh. cat. (New York: International Center of Photography, 2003), 14 catalog essays on contemporary artists, including Yto Barrada, Chien-Chi Chang, David Goldblatt, Zwelethu Mthethwa, and Joel Sternfeld. 

Articles:

“Beyond The Rose,” Art in America, no. 3 (March 2013), 100-107. 

“All in LeDray’s Work,” Art in America, no. 10 (November 2010), 152-157. 

“Fiona Tan: Willing Subjects, Resistant Souls,” Art in America, no. 8 (September 2010), 102-107. 

“Viewfinder: Martina Mullaney,” Photograph, vol. 6, no. 1 (September/October 2008), 82-83.

“Putrih’s Play Stations,” Art in America, no. 5 (May 2008), 174-179. 

“The Taxonomy of Ruin,” Art in America, no. 1 (January 2008), 112-115. 

“Ligon’s Color Theory,” Art in America, no. 3 (March 2007), 154-159. 

“On View: Sarah Pickering,” Photograph, vol. 4, no. 2 (November/December 2006), 74-75. 

“Willie Cole: The Energy of Objects,” Art in America, no. 5 (May 2006), 146-151. 

“Attack of the Cephalopods,” Art in America, no. 4 (April 2006), 136-139. 

“Through a Glass, Darkly,” Art in America, no. 11 (December 2005), 134-135. 

“Chakaia Booker: Material Matters,” Art in America, no. 6 (June/July 2004), 164-169.

 
Conference Papers

Conference Papers

Lecture & Panel Discussion: “Jewel Tones: John Torreano, Arch Connelly, Kirsten Hassenfeld.”

MSU/MAM: Art Talks, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, March 2013.

Lecture & Panel Discussion: “Uncommon Threads: Mike Andrews, Lucky DeBellevue, Orly Genger, Aric Obrosey.”

MSU/MAM: Art Talks, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, March 2011.

Lecture & Panel Discussion: “Working the Room: Elana Herzog, Mary Temple, Almond Zigmund.”

MSU/MAM: Art Talks, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, April 2009.