Matthew Marks Gallery

Paul Sietsema

Paul Sietsema is known for his paintings, drawings, and 16mm films that explore how imagery, form, and material affect our understanding of culture and history. Utilizing a different medium at each stage of his studio process, he often cycles between physical making and digital image manipulation. He works in series, developing groups of subjects, including painter’s tools, newspapers, coins, rotary telephones, paper currency, and museum exhibition posters from decades past. He renders these objects by hand with startling realism, employing labor-intensive techniques that mimic obsolete methods of mechanical reproduction. When he makes a film, he immerses himself in a historical or contemporary body of knowledge and its associated images and objects, such as representations of abstract painting in postwar magazines, the décor of Clement Greenberg’s New York apartment, cultural artifacts from pre-colonial Oceania, philosophy of mind, or the filmic medium itself.

Paul Sietsema (b. 1968) has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Kunsthalle Basel. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship in 2008, and a Wexner Center Residency Award in 2010. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

PAUL SIETSEMA

October 15, 2020–January 23, 2021

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard & Online
Los Angeles & Online

PAUL SIETSEMA

September 14–October 27, 2018

523 West 24th Street
New York

PAUL SIETSEMA

September 24–December 23, 2016

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

PAUL SIETSEMA

September 13–October 25, 2014

522 West 22nd Street
New York

PAUL SIETSEMA
At the hour of tea

September 13–October 25, 2014

502 West 22nd Street
New York

PAUL SIETSEMA

May 7–July 1, 2011

523 West 24th Street
New York

Group Exhibitions

LEIDY CHURCHMAN, ALEX DA CORTE, MICHEL MAJERUS, MERET OPPENHEIM, MARTIN PURYEAR, PAUL SIETSEMA

September 11–October 23, 2021

522 West 22nd Street
New York

ONE HUNDRED DRAWINGS

November 8, 2019–January 18, 2020

523 West 24th Street
New York

THOMAS DEMAND, KATHARINA FRITSCH, ROBERT GOBER, BRICE MARDEN, KEN PRICE, MARTIN PURYEAR, CHARLES RAY, PAUL SIETSEMA, ANNE TRUITT, TERRY WINTERS

September 14–October 21, 2017

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

TRISHA DONNELLY, VINCENT FECTEAU, PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS, NAN GOLDIN, MARTIN HONERT, MICHEL MAJERUS, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN

September 8–October 21, 2017

522 West 22nd Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

VIJA CELMINS, THOMAS DEMAND, ELLSWORTH KELLY, KEN PRICE, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN, TERRY WINTERS

February 6–April 16, 2016

522 West 22nd Street
New York

DARREN ALMOND, KATHARINA FRITSCH, MARTIN HONERT, GARY HUME, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN, TERRY WINTERS

July 14–August 25, 2012

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

Books

PAUL SIETSEMA
Fifty-three Works by Paul Sietsema

PAUL SIETSEMA
Figure 3

ONE HUNDRED DRAWINGS

Editions

PAUL SIETSEMA
Folded Corner