Washington, DC

Chris Martin, Ganges Sunrise Asi Ghat Varanasi . . . , 2002, oil on canvas, 10' 9“ x 11' 11”

Chris Martin, Ganges Sunrise Asi Ghat Varanasi . . . , 2002, oil on canvas, 10' 9“ x 11' 11”

Washington, DC

“Chris Martin: Painting Big”

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street, NW
June 18–October 23, 2011

Curated by Sarah Newman

Chris Martin, one of the most freewheeling abstract painters working today, serves up a tripartite exhibition for his first American museum survey, to be held in his hometown. Along with a selection of large-scale paintings produced over the past nine years, and a salon-style grouping of at least 150 more modestly sized canvases in the rotunda, the show will feature a site-specific installation of three new paintings, each twenty-six feet high, in the Corcoran’s central atrium. The guaranteed “wow” effect of these works, each animated by undulating forms and electric hues, is in homage to the museum experience that Martin clearly recalls from his youth. With paintings that incorporate text dedications, Martin has acknowledged the inspiration of visionary figures such as Paul Feeley, Alfred Jensen, Hilma af Klint, and Yayoi Kusama, as well as James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. Expect many of them to be “in attendance.”