Honored for his long-term, passionate commitment to supporting artists throughout their careers, for his prolific curatorial and writing career, and for his insight which he shares through his research, exhibitions, writings, and pioneering work at White Columns. Born in the U.K., Higgs trained and worked as an artist before also becoming known for his independent publishing and curatorial projects that raised the profile of emerging artists through the 1990s. In 2001 he relocated to the U.S., to San Francisco, where he became curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts, and later the co-chair of the Colleges MFA program. He now lives and works in New York where for the last nine years he has been director of the non-profit art space, White Columns. For more than 20 years, Higgs has shown consistent ways to supports artists, artist-groups, and curators, through his writing, interviews, curating, and teaching, as well as his reinvention and on-going development of White Columns as a space for people to experiment with the presentation of new ideas and work. Since 1992 he has organized over 250 artists projects and exhibitions, and written for more than 50 publications and art magazines. He is tirelessly making studio visits and proposing projects with new and overlooked artists, including consistently championing a group of developmentally disabled artists from the non-profit organization Creative Growth by writing on their work and including it in many exhibitions.
FAX invites a multigenerational group of artists, as well as architects, designers, scientists and filmmakers, to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking and drawing.read more »
On View July 27 September 22, 2013 Friday, July 26, 5-9pm, Create Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception featuring Special Guest DJ John (Jellybean) Benitez Members Preview Reception from 5-6pm Public Reception from 6-9pm RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, August 27, 2pm, Create Gallery Gallery Talk with Tom Di Maria, director of the Creative Growth Art Center in […]read more »
Create installation view. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2011. In conjunction with the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery’s presentation of Create, this October 3rd both curators Lawrence Rinder and Matthew Higgs will be present at the gallery to give a special talk about the exhibition. Curated by Lawrence Rinder and Matthew […]read more »