• Chris Martin, Homage to Alfred and Bill #5, 1982–96, oil and felt on canvas, 15 x 12 1/4".

    Chris Martin

    Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

    Chris Martin is that rare thing: a spiritual painter. In an interview for the catalogue to his exhibition “Staring into the Sun,” curated by Elodie Evers and Gregor Jansen, he speaks of early on trying to find a way “to paint the upper rectangle with some deep spiritual certainty.” He might sound like he’s channeling Malevich, but unlike those of the Russian Suprematist, his spiritual aspirations do not result in pure nonobjective images. His oeuvre includes black paintings with white geometric figures, atmospheric figural works (in his “Catskill Landscape” series, 1990–93), and works with

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