The Century Hit Puberty: Selected Essays 2010-2014 by Mat Gleason


The New York Times described Mat Gleason as a famously provocative Los Angeles art critic, while the L.A. Weekly once referred to him as a cranky, self-exiled gossipmonger. In 1992 he founded + continues to publish Coagula Art Journal, the “National Enquirer of the Art World” as the New York Observer called it. He has written for many art publications, from Britain’s Modern Painters to the Lollapalooza Concert Tour’s art program. The early issues of Coagula were anthologized in the book MOST ART SUCKS (Smart Art Press, 1998) + in his 1999 review of the book, David Bowie raved: “Gleason clobbers the closed door snobbishness that has increasingly distanced the public from the rarefied air of the art world.” Gleason has been featured regularly on the Ovation TV Network as a voice of critical sanity in the realm of contemporary art + appeared alongside artists John Baldessari, Richard Tuttle + Agnes Martin in the art world documentary Art City: Simplicity, as well as the artist documentaries Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band + Robert Williams, Mister Bitchin. Since 2010, he has been a contentious yet popular art critic at the Huffington Post’s Arts page. In 2012 he opened Coagula Curatorial, an influential gallery in Los Angeles that is active at many international art fairs. Signed by Author. Paperback. 164 pages.

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