Dublin

Michael Craig-Martin, Eye of the Storm, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 11' x 9' 2".

Michael Craig-Martin, Eye of the Storm, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 11' x 9' 2".

Dublin

Michael Craig-Martin

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
October 4, 2006–January 14, 2007

Curated by Enrique Juncosa

In 1989, Michael Craig-Martin, already a talismanic figure for young British artists, had his first retrospective, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. Now, seventeen years later and in his native Dublin, Craig-Martin’s second retrospective should reveal an artist of even greater breadth and historical magnitude. Reaching back to his precocious beginnings in the ’60s as a Duchampian Conceptualist dealing with film and readymades, the show, comprising some fifty works, will expand to acrylic paintings and neon sculptures and to site-specific mural environments that seem to wed Pop to LeWitt. Rendered in a unique palette of synthetic pastel colors, Craig-Martin’s phantom blueprints for a world of industrial objects cast a magical, elegant spell.