First Glimpse of New Screenprints by Michael Craig-Martin. The works will feature in the artist’s new exhibition Objects of Our Time at the Alan Cristea Gallery, from 28 March – 2 May 2014
The Alan Cristea Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Michael Craig-Martin. The exhibition, which will take place at 34 Cork Street, will include his new series of twelve screenprints, Objects of our Time, alongside other recent editions in several different media.
The exhibition takes its name from a series of prints entitled Objects of our Time, which present everyday contemporary objects as iconic of our time and includes the electric toothbrush, noise cancelling headphones and the takeaway coffee. Presented on lively monochrome backgrounds, they are visualised as bold forces fuelling and facilitating contemporary society, and set apart from their user and context, they become autonomous art subjects. As a set, they are emblematic of contemporary culture.
Using etching, digital printing, screenprinting, and light-box installations, Craig-Martin’s instantly recognisable imagery is vividly coloured and crisply defined. As works they combine the artist’s concern with the conceptual and desire to create impacting visual works. The artworks and objects referenced are familiar because they feature so heavily in everyday life, but are also icons of contemporary art and design. As such these are signature pieces that have come to represent both and the designer’s work in its entirety, as well as the artist’s concerns with the contemporary and life as art.
Concurrently to Objects of Our Time, the gallery presents Master Prints selected by Michael Craig-Martin in the space at 31 Cork Street. This exhibition which is curated by Michael Craig-Marti brings together iconic 20th and 21st century prints by major modern and contemporary artists both from his personal collection and from a panoply of important pieces which would ideally find a place amongst his collection.
About the Artist
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated in the United States, where he studied at Yale University. He has had retrospectives at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2006) and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2006), National Art Centre, Tokyo (2007) and has permanent large-scale installations at Regent’s Place and The Laban Center in London. His work is held in numerous museum collections including the Tate Gallery, London, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and MoMA, New York. He received a CBE in 2001, and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2006.
Craig-Martin is well known to have been an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College London, and is considered a key figure in the emergence of the young British artists in the early 90’s. Amongst his former students are Ian Davenport, Damien Hirst, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas and Julian Opie.
The Alan Cristea Gallery is the sole worldwide representative for his limited edition prints and animations.
About Alan Cristea Gallery
One of the leading commercial contemporary galleries in Europe, the Alan Cristea Gallery is the primary representative for a number of established international contemporary artists, artists’ estates and emerging artists. The gallery opened at 31 Cork Street in 1995 and since then has expanded to a second exhibition space at 34 Cork Street, with both galleries showing a continuous programme of exhibitions including contemporary paintings, works on paper, sculpture and installations. In addition, the gallery is known for its commitment to original prints and editions, commissioning and facilitating innovative projects by outstanding artists, and is the largest publisher of contemporary editions and prints in Europe.
The gallery is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association and Alan Cristea is treasurer of the Society of London Art Dealers.
Title: Michael Craig-Martin, Objects of Our Time and Master Prints selected by Michael Craig-Martin
Address: Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 and 34 Cork Street, London W1
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 439 1866
Dates: 28 March – 2 May 2014
Opening Hours: 10am – 5.30pm Mon-Fri, 11am – 2pm Sat
Travel: Piccadilly, Green Park or Bond Street Tube Station