Founder + Director
Since his entry into the Art Fair and Special Event industry, Matthew Eck, has built an expansive network of artists, galleries, and A-list clientele. Since 2011, Eck conceived two brands: SELECT Fair and X Contemporary; both of which took place during Art Basel Miami and Frieze Week NYC.
SELECT became an all-encompassing brand tailored to special events; for example, SELECT Projects THE OUT NYC, The SELECT Residency at Industry City, Brooklyn, The SELECT Masquerade, and The SELECT Video Open Call.
Following the success of SELECT, X Contemporary debuted in the blossoming Art District of Wynwood, Miami. The Board of Experts included: Michael Klein, Vincent Harrison, Pamela Willoughby, Kipton Cronkite, and Ariel Adkins. Klein (former curator for Microsoft) organized a massive Grace Hartigan Exhibition – The Hart Perry Collection. Harrison (Owner of Castle Fitzjohns Gallery) invited Robin Van Arsdol to exhibit the famed Keith Haring Pop Shop Sign. Willoughby Owner of Willoughby Art Advisory) brought a star-studded stable of artists including: Peter Dayton, HUSH, Basquiat, Mapplethorpe, Dora Frost and others. Cronkite (Owner of Artstager) brought his core group of collectors and Adkins (Cultural Ambassador, Twitter Inc.) provided social media support. X Contemporary is now under the management of Crystal Curtis.
Both of Eck’s Contemporary Art Fairs became platforms for galleries, collectives, and artists to commingle. Attendees included: brands, collectors, educators, business class, and the press. Viewing venues as a blank canvas – he created a unique Art Fair experience.
X Contemporary and SELECT both garnered a wide range of accolades from the press. This includes coverage in: The New York Times, T Magazine, Interview Magazine, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Info, Billboard Magazine, Perez Hilton, TMZ, Bedford and Bowery, Gothamist, Whitehot Magazine, Widewalls, among others.