Retrospective Exhibit of Art by Robert Mattson

by Gretchen Anzovar

An exhibit of artworks spanning a forty five year career by Robert Mattson of New London, MN will open in October at ARTmeyerson, an exciting new art space in Atwater, MN. The exhibit is titled 'Avant Garage: Four Decades of Art.' Minneapolis music legend, Willie Murphy, and his band will perform at the official opening reception on October 23, 2010. The opening is from 5:00 p. m. - 10:00 p.m. with Willie performing from 7:00 - 10:00. The event is free and open to the public.

Mattson, a native of Willmar, MN, taught art at Ridgewater College for 37 years prior to his retirement in 2002. He was the 2009 recipient of the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council s  Prairie Star award for his artistic achievements, contributions and impact on the SMAHC community. During his long career Mattson continuously exhibited his work locally and nationally at numerous colleges, museums and galleries. As an educator his influence was substantial and continues to be felt far and wide by and through his many successful students. He has lectured on contemporary art
at both the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis. As gallery director at Ridgewater College he wrote numerous informative and insightful art reviews for the West Central Tribune.
As an artist Mattson's reputation was considerable. Ted Sherarts, Professor Emeritus of Art and Department Chair at St Cloud State University, called Mattson 'the finest abstract painter around the state and on a par with internationally celebrated artists in New York and Europe. ' His work has been called profound, insightful, challenging, playful, enigmatic, beautiful and highly relevant to the contemporary discourse on the art of painting. His
longtime friend and colleague, Seattle artist Dale Lindman, commented recently, "Bob always kept mediocrity away. "

The exhibition includes scores of works spanning Mattson's career
from his student days in the sixties to recent works completed in 2010.