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Matthew Weinstein was born in New York in 1964. After studies in Art History at Columbia University, Weinstein worked as a writer and critic. He was also a regular contributor to Artforum when in 1982 he stopped writing criticism, turned to fiction and took up painting. In searching for a way to combine his narrative impulse with a painterly sensibility, Weinstein began to study 3D animation production. Putting exhibitions on hold for two years while he mastered a professional animation software, Weinstein began exhibiting again with animated films that incorporate text, music, performance and technology. Gradually, objects and paintings began to emerge from Weinstein’s virtual world. He now works with a small group of animators, actors and musicians and is constantly producing what he calls “animated cabarets”.
Weinstein was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. His films were shown at the Kusthalle in Vienna and The Wexner Center, where Weinstein was a resident in the Art and Technology program. Weinstein’s works of art are in private and public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY, the Sammlung Goetz and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, both in Munich, Germany.