Public Poster Program II (06)
Matthew Brannon
Talking While Eating
June 2017

4 colour silkscreen print on C-MAT 150 gr.
68 x 94 cm
signed and numbered edition of 25 (+ 5 A.P)

President John Kennedy once said to former Vice President Richard Nixon, “It really is true that foreign affairs is the only important issue for a President to handle, isn’t it? I mean - who gives a shit if the minimum wage is $1.15 or $1.25 in comparison to something like this?” Nixon couldn’t agree more. But Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, who inherited the office at 12:30 p.m. on Nov 22nd of 1963 wasn’t so comfortable with the idea. While he succeeded in making Congress work like no one before or after and achieved the most forward domestic reforms since Roosevelt, the rest of the world would be his undoing. Especially a distant corner of the planet known as South East Asia. 

How one makes decisions says a lot about how one governs. Many of the events of the 1950s and 60s can be understood by tracing the different decision making templates of the different administrations. L.B.J. preferred close intimates upon whom he could insist on loyalty and control. The glacier of information concerning Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia would be condensed over and over again until it reached a private room of 4-6 men referred to as the "Tuesday Lunch Group.” The group of intimates would meet weekly in the Whitehouse Dinning room to decide matters ranging from general policy to bombing targets. What was to be America’s longest war* was an around the clock concern, but many of the most important decisions were faced over the Sheraton dining table aside Truman’s china set.

- M.E.B., 2017`



Born in 1971 in St Maries (US-ID)
Lives and works in New York (US-NY)

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Selected solo exhibition :

2017 Concerning Vietnam, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (US-CA) (forthcoming)
2016 Vulture (Five Impossible Films, IV), Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo (JP)
2015 Skirting the Issue, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (US-NY)
2013 Leopard, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (US-CA)
  Midlife Career Intermission, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton (US-NY)
  Department Store at Night (Five Impossible Films, I), Marino Marini Museum, Florence (IT)
2012 The Ventriloquist, Office Baroque, Antwerp (BE)
2011 Gentleman’s Relish, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (US-NY)
  A Question Answered with a Quote, Portikus, Frankfurt (DE)
2010 The Inevitable & The Unnecessary, Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan (IT)
  Wit’s End, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (US-CA)
  Mouse Trap, Light Switch, Museum M, Leuven (BE)
  Reservations, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim (DE)
2009 Nevertheless, The Approach, London (UK)
2008 Grandmothers, Gio’ Marconi, Milan, Italy The Question Is A Compliment, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (US-NY)
2007 Where Were We, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York (US-NY)
  Try and Be Grateful, AGYU, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (CA)
  • Born in 1971 in St Maries (US-ID)
  • Lives and works in New York (US-NY)