Larry Bell, Untitled (detail), from the Barcelona Portfolio, 1989, lithograph on Guarro paper, 29 7/8 x 22 inches, Gift of Ed Moses and Family


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The Los Angeles Tapes

Matthew Simms, Professor of Art at California State University, Long Beach, discusses the forthcoming publication “The Los Angeles Tapes: Alan Solomon’s Interviews with Craig Kauffman, Larry Bell, James Turrell, and Robert Irwin.”

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About the Speaker

Matthew Simms

Matthew Simms holds a dual BA in art history and art studio from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1990); an MA in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester (1993); and a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University (1998). He was the Florence S. Gould post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Simms is a specialist in European and American Modern Art from the nineteenth century to the present with emphasis on the art and careers of Paul Cézanne and Robert Irwin. His research and writing has appeared in the following peer reviewed journals: Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Art History,, Chinati Foundation Newsletter, History of Photography, Journal of the Archives of American Art, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Oxford Art Journal, Res: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, The Brooklyn Rail, Women’s Art Journal, and Word and Image. He has chapters in exhibition catalogues published by Princeton University Art Museum (2002, 2014), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2016), DeYoung Museum (2018), Kunstmuseum Basel (2018), and Chinati Foundation (2019).

Simms is the author of “Cézanne’s Watercolors: Between Drawing and Painting” (Yale, 2008) and “Robert Irwin: A Conditional Art” (Yale, 2016). He is the editor of “Notes Toward a Conditional Art: The Writings of Robert Irwin” (Getty, 2011) and “The Los Angeles Tapes: Alan Solomon’s Interviews with Kauffman, Turrell, Bell, and Irwin” (Circle Books/Archives of American Art, 2018).

Simms is the curator of “Robert Irwin: Site Determined.” University Art Museum, CSULB (Jan. 28, 2018-April 15, 2018) and Hazel and Robert Seigel Gallery, Pratt Institute (Sept. 1, 2018-Nov. 30, 2018). He edited and contributed to the exhibition catalogue (DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2018).

Simms is currently working on several projects, including monographs on the art and careers of Helen Pashgian and Tony DeLap. He is also preparing a study of the United States section of the 1965 São Paulo Bienal as well as a contextual examination of photographic practices in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Simms is Gerald and Bente Buck West Coast Collector for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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