About the Collaborator
Matthew Drutt is the founder of DCAM, which he started in late 2013 as a way of working intra-institutionally and in a cross-disciplinary manner. After more that 35 years of museum and foundation work, the only way to become less constrained was to become independent. Since then, he has been able to work with modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and crafts without the burden of the art world's love of hierarchy.
Drutt works directly with artists to guide and build their careers. He guides a handful of individuals to build refined and idiosyncratic collections. He creates exhibitions and publications independently and for institutions around the world.
In the course of his profession, he developed an extensive portfolio of experience with conservation, forgery detection and identification, as well as tracking down lost or stolen works of art. In this regard, he is a New York State Court-certified expert on Russian and German Modernism.
Current and past clients include ECKBO Foundation (Oslo), Studio Eleanor Moty (Tucson, AZ), Arnoldsche Art Publishers (Stuttgart), Russian American Foundation for the Arts (New York), George Economu Collection (Athens), GSM (Istanbul), Fondation Beyeler (Basel), Marlborough Gallery (New York), Hermitage Museum Foundation (New York), Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel (Tel Aviv), El Lissitzky Foundation (Eindhoven) and select international artists and collectors. Additionally, he has been and continues to serve as a Trustee on the boards and advisory boards of cultural organizations around the world.
Drutt earned an M.A. and M. Phil. from Yale University in 1988 & 1990 and taught art history there, and later at Columbia University and F.I.T. He was the founding Executive Director of the Blouin Cultural Advisory Group from 2012-13. Prior to that, he worked as Executive Director of Lisson Gallery in London, Milan, and New York, where he oversaw its international sales of artists Daniel Buren, Tony Cragg, Dan Graham, Jonathan Monk, and Lawrence Weiner. He also oversaw the reorganization of the gallery's business model. From 2006-2011, he was Executive Director of Artpace San Antonio, an international artist residency program. During that time he also served as chair of the Contemporary Museum Subcommittee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (2010-11).
As Chief Curator of The Menil Collection, Houston (2001 –2006), he organized acclaimed exhibitions of Olafur Eliasson, Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Kazimir Malevich, and Roberto Matta. From 1993 –2001, Drutt worked as a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he organized numerous shows, including Amazons of the Avant-Garde, and advised on the construction and programming the international Guggenheim network.