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Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (pink baby bottle), 2015 Acrylic on aluminum, 23 ⅝ × 23 ⅝ inches (60 × 60 cm)© Michael Craig-Martin, photo by Mike Bruce

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (pink baby bottle), 2015

Acrylic on aluminum, 23 ⅝ × 23 ⅝ inches (60 × 60 cm)
© Michael Craig-Martin, photo by Mike Bruce

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (corkscrew), 2012 Acrylic on aluminum, 48 × 48 inches (122 × 122 cm)© Michael Craig-Martin, photo by Mike Bruce

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (corkscrew), 2012

Acrylic on aluminum, 48 × 48 inches (122 × 122 cm)
© Michael Craig-Martin, photo by Mike Bruce

Michael Craig-Martin Pitchfork (pink), 2008 Powder-coated steel 137 3/4 × 22 inches (350 × 56 cm) Edition of 3 + 1 AP Installation at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin Pitchfork (pink), 2008

Powder-coated steel 137 3/4 × 22 inches (350 × 56 cm) Edition of 3 + 1 AP Installation at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin, Scissors (Wallpaper-Aqua), 2004 Acrylic on aluminum panel, 32 × 33 inches (81.3 × 83.8 cm)© Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin, Scissors (Wallpaper-Aqua), 2004

Acrylic on aluminum panel, 32 × 33 inches (81.3 × 83.8 cm)
© Michael Craig-Martin

About

A principal figure of British conceptual art, Michael Craig-Martin probes the relationship between objects and images, harnessing the human capacity to imagine absent forms through symbols and pictures. The perceptual tension between object, representation, and language has been his central concern over the past four decades. In his early work Craig-Martin often incorporated readymades into sculpture and made knowing reference to American Minimalism. His elegant restraint and conceptual clarity is exemplified by An Oak Tree (1973), comprising a glass of water on a shelf and a text written by him asserting that the glass of water is, in fact, an oak tree. This interest in semantics, the play between rhetoric and object, continues to be a core theme in his work. In the 1990s Craig-Martin made a decisive shift to painting and developed his hallmark style of precise, bold outlines demarcating flat planes of intensely vibrant colors. Through exacting draftsmanship, he uses composition to explore spatial relationships by juxtaposing and layering color.

Craig-Martin was born in 1941 in Dublin. He attended Fordham University, New York, from 1959 to 1961, then Yale University, where he received a BA in 1963 and an MFA in 1966. In the mid-1960s he returned to Europe, becoming one of the key figures in the first generation of British conceptual artists. Craig-Martin taught at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London, from 1974 to 1988 and from 1994 to 2000. During this time he became a powerful influence on a generation of his students who would become known as the Young British Artists, including Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, and Damien Hirst, among others. Craig-Martin’s work has been featured in solo museum exhibitions worldwide, including Always Now, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (1998); Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain (2000); Living, Museu de Arte Moderna–Colecção Berardo, Sintra, Portugal (2001); Arp Museum, Remagen, Germany (2005); Le Magasin–Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (2006); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006–07); Signs of Life, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2006); New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2006, 2011); Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas (2010, 2015); Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, England (2012); Less Is Still More, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (2013); Chatsworth House, England (2014); and NOW, Shanghai Himalayas Museum (2015, traveled to Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China). Craig-Martin’s work is featured in various public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Craig-Martin was an artist trustee of Tate from 1989 to 1999, and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2006. In 2016 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to art.

Craig-Martin lives and works in London.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (group I), 2017 © Michael Craig-Martin

In Conversation

Michael Craig-Martin
Emilie Gordenker

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 12pm
Regent’s Park, London
frieze.com

In conjunction with the retrospective display of his drawings at Frieze Masters, Michael Craig-Martin will be in conversation with Dr. Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis at the Hague, Netherlands. The pair will discuss Craig-Martin’s work, with particular emphasis on the long-standing centrality of drawing in his practice, as well as the artist’s experience of the changing character of art and the art world over the past fifty years. To attend the free event, register at the Frieze Masters auditorium desk the day of the talk.

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (group I), 2017 © Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Caroline True

Talk

Bauhaus and Beyond?
On Art School Models, Old and New

Friday, October 4, 2019, 2pm
Regent’s Park, London
frieze.com

As part of the Frieze Masters Talks program, Michael Craig-Martin, alongside Kimathi Donkor, Donna Lynas, and Ute Meta Bauer, will discuss how the Bauhaus remains relevant to art education today. The conversation will be moderated by Sam Thorne. To attend the free event, register at the Frieze Masters auditorium desk the day of the talk.

Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Caroline True

Richard Wright, Untitled, 2002 © Richard Wright

Auction

The Art of Wishes 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Royal Horticultural Halls, London
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Founded by philanthropist and Make‐A‐Wish UK patron Batia Ofer, the third annual Art of Wishes will feature a benefit auction to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. In advance of the charity event, a preview of the artworks will be open to the public from September 19 to 20 at Phillips London in Berkeley Square. More than twenty artworks by leading international artists such as Virgil Abloh, Michael Craig‐Martin, Takashi Murakami, Richard Wright, and others will be included.

Richard Wright, Untitled, 2002 © Richard Wright

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Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, The Shape of Things: Michael Craig-Martin at Discovery Green, Discovery Green, Houston, August 1–November 3, 2019. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin

On View

The Shape of Things
Michael Craig-Martin at Discovery Green

Through November 3, 2019
Discovery Green, Houston
www.discoverygreen.com

The Shape of Things comprises a series of six monumental steel sculptures by Michael Craig-Martin offering a playful perspective of everyday objects, which challenge our perception of space, appearing like line drawings in the air.

Installation view, The Shape of Things: Michael Craig-Martin at Discovery Green, Discovery Green, Houston, August 1–November 3, 2019. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (shoe), 2009 © Michael Craig-Martin

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The Aerodrome
An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley

June 12–September 8, 2019
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
www.ikon-gallery.org

This exhibition, dedicated to the memory of former Ikon director Michael Stanley, is structured loosely on Rex Warner’s 1941 wartime novel The Aerodrome, a book that made a great impression on Stanley. The show features many of the artists he worked with, including Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Jenny Saville.

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (shoe), 2009 © Michael Craig-Martin

Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

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RA Summer Exhibition 2019

June 10–August 12, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts, London
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Running annually since 1769, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission art show. It brings together art in all mediums—prints, paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more—with some 1,200 works on display, many of them for the first time. Work by Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Anselm Kiefer is included.

Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

Michael Craig-Martin, Gate (white), 2011, installation view, Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida © Michael Craig-Martin

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Michael Craig-Martin
Present Sense

January 29–April 25, 2019
Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida
www.windsorflorida.com

The most comprehensive exhibition to date of Michael Craig-Martin’s work in the United States, Present Sense features over thirty-five works in the gallery and grounds of the Windsor, including recent paintings, sculptures, and prints. The show is presented in collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, and curated by Gagosian director Hannah Freedberg.

Michael Craig-Martin, Gate (white), 2011, installation view, Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida © Michael Craig-Martin

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