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Opening reception: Thursday, May 30, 6–8pm

Michael Craig-Martin

Sculpture

May 31–August 3, 2019
Britannia Street, London

Michael Craig-Martin, Safety Pin (blue), 2019 Powder-coated steel, 122 ⅞ × 128 × 1 inches (312 × 325 × 2.5 cm)© Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Michael Craig-Martin, Safety Pin (blue), 2019

Powder-coated steel, 122 ⅞ × 128 × 1 inches (312 × 325 × 2.5 cm)
© Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Michael Craig-Martin, Corkscrew (orange), 2019 Powder-coated steel, 118 ⅛ × 102 ⅜ × ¾ inches (300 × 260 × 2 cm)© Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Michael Craig-Martin, Corkscrew (orange), 2019

Powder-coated steel, 118 ⅛ × 102 ⅜ × ¾ inches (300 × 260 × 2 cm)
© Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

About

I have always thought everything important is right in front of you.
—Michael Craig-Martin

Gagosian is pleased to present new works by Michael Craig-Martin. This is the first time his sculptures have been shown indoors, and the first time they have been exhibited as a group in London.

Among the leading generation of British Conceptual artists, Craig-Martin probes the relationship between objects and images, perception and reality, harnessing the unique human capacity to conjure ideas through symbols and signs.

Since his time at Yale University in the 1960s—where he studied alongside artists such as Chuck Close, Brice Marden, and Richard Serra—Craig-Martin has been building on a specific vocabulary of imagery based on common, everyday items. His early work used real objects to explore the nature of art and representation, illusion and belief. In the late 1970s he turned to making images of objects, beginning with simple and precise line drawings that have remained the foundation of his work. In the ’90s, he began a series of large, site-specific painted installations that explored the physical and imaginary relationships between viewer, object, and space. Subsequently, he turned to painting, developing his hallmark style of bold black outlines surrounded by flat planes of bright, vivid colors.

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