Studio 1469 Presents Matthew Mann Luxury Trouble

By Editorial Team on April 25, 2017

Fri, 28 April 2017 - Sun, 28 May 2017

The Aesthete Escaped, oil on canvas, 60x70 inches, 2016 by Matthew Mann. Courtesy of the artist.
The Aesthete Escaped, oil on canvas, 60×70 inches, 2016 by Matthew Mann. Courtesy of the artist.


Opening: Friday, April 28 from 6pm to 8pm


Matthew Mann presents Luxury Trouble, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and collages on view at Studio 1469, 1469 (Rear) Harvard St. NW from April 28th – May 28th. A closing reception is scheduled for May 28 from 4pm – 6pm.

In Luxury Trouble, Matthew Mann humorously questions the co-option and complicity of artistic and cultural works in the attempt to market identity and sell aspirational lifestyles. Through a continued interest in pictorial mechanics, narrative and irony, Mann mines the visual language of advertising, basing his compositions on photographs of stylish interiors in design magazines, fashion editorials and ads for luxury products. In Mann’s re-imagining, fine art and punk paraphernalia are cast as accoutrements for living: hardcore punk fliers serve as “edgy” decoration in rooms with Jasper Johns-inspired wallpaper, an Isamu Noguchi sculpture becomes a chic yet utilitarian umbrella stand, and Mondrian’s De Stijl compositions become window lites. By casting Modern and Contemporary masterpieces as expensive props within generically “sophisticated” interiors, the work in Luxury Trouble questions the role that fine art has in a tech enabled, hyper-capitalist moment in which art and artistic movements are taken up – regardless of their original intention – in order to achieve the retail goals of institutions, real estate development and luxury lifestyle marketing.

Matthew Mann (b.1977, Kansas City, MO) is an artist living and working in Washington DC since graduating with an MFA from American University in 2002. Recent exhibitions include Strange Landscapes at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA (2016), Shape Play at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA (2015); Associative Fugue at Project 4 Gallery (2014) in Washington DC; and Salon of Little Deaths at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC (2013). Mann has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Creative Communities Fund and has also been a guest lecturer at the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturday: 1pm to 6pm
  • also by appointment

Studio 1469 is located at 1469 Harvard Street NW in the rear. For more information visit