Michael Craig-Martin

1941 · Ireland

Artist biography

Michael Craig-Martin is seen as an established artist, who was born in Ireland, like other prominent artists such as Jack Doherty, Eamonn Doyle, Damien Meade, Jason O Fionnain, and Eoghan Ryan. Michael Craig-Martin was born in 1941.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Craig-Martin is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like Switzerland, Poland, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Michael Craig-Martin's work include Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, Galeria Foksal in Warsaw, and Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich. Michael Craig-Martin most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London with the exhibition Print Projects Space. The exhibition was open from 13 February 2020 until 12 March 2020. Michael Craig-Martin's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (06 September 2019 - 25 October 2019) with the name The Interaction od Colour and Gagosian | Britannia Street in London (30 May 2019 - 07 August 2019) with the name Sculpture. Michael Craig-Martin's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Quotidian and took place at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, the United Kingdom from the 04 October 2017 to 17 November 2017.

Michael Craig-Martin in private collections

Andrea Festa Fine Art on Artland includes Michael Craig-Martin's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Liam Fallon, and Qafar Rzayev.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Craig-Martin

Born in 1941, Michael Craig-Martin was primarily influenced by the 1960s. In the art sphere, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the bases on which the creation and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists refuted the authority of highbrow art and created a cutting-edge movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional expression and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally persuaded by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. globally, an important number of art movements echoed with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Michael Craig-Martin

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 12

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