31 December – 1 April 2007

New York artist Matthew Brannon is back again at the AGYU with all his foibles and fears exposed: career anxiety of success and humiliation, alcoholism, substance abuse, and sexual misadventure. Within this first retrospective of his prints elegantly installed at the AGYU in a faux Art Fair setting, Brannon's "exposure" provides material for both on the couch and over it. Décor is a veil for truth telling about the self and the art system. Titling his AGYU exhibition Try & Be Grateful, Brannon ambivalently insinuates: Who is speaking-the artist or institution? He is grateful for Lari Pittman designing his poster, and he is most grateful for the forthcoming AGYU publication, which he himself will design.

Matthew Brannon: Try & Be Grateful is an AGYU Founder Presentation.
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