Published by Art / Books. By Michael Craig-Martin.
Few living artists can claim to have had the influence of Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941). Celebrated internationally for his own art, he has also helped nurture generations of younger artists, among them Julian Opie, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Liam Gillick and Gary Hume. Often described as the godfather of the YBAs, he taught by combining personal example and individual guidance, offering students practical advice and insights gained from his own professional highs and lows. Part memoir and part instructional guide, On Being an Artist mixes reminiscence, personal philosophy, self-examination and advice for the budding artist. In a series of short episodes, Craig-Martin reflects with both wit and candor on the many ideas, events and people that have inspired and shaped him throughout his life, from his childhood in postwar America through his time as an art student at Yale in the 1960s and subsequent work as a teacher, to his international success in later years.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Martin Hentschel. Text by Martin Hentschel, Michael Craig-Martin.
Less Is Still More is Michael Craig-Martinís homage to German-American architect Mies van der Rohe. Craig-Martinís series of 17 paintings depict everyday objects such as t-shirts and iPhones, which are documented here as installed at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld.
Published by Kunsthaus Bregenz. Edited by Eckhard Schneider. Essays by Liam Gillick, Eckhard Schneider and Edgar Schmitz.
The series "Signs of Life" concentrates on the idea of a universally comprehensive picture language made up of mundane objects like the paintbrushes, flashlights and folding chairs Craig-Martin has made into a screensaver (which is available from MoMA.org) and objects from the art world, of which he says, "To draw Piero [della Francesca] is the same thing to me as drawing a shoe." Or, as he demonstrates, as drawing a Seurat. Canvases and wall-filling paintings conjoin here into a total artwork with a strong personality. Michael Craig-Martin, whom the BBC has called "the father of Britart" has taught at Goldsmiths College, London, since 1974. His work has been shown in the UK at the Hayward Gallery, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Tate Modern, and in the U.S. at Gagosian Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art.
Published by Richter Verlag. Edited by Raimund Stecker.
In appropriating 11 sculptures, 11 reliefs, and 11 objects by Hans Arp, Michael Craig-Martin presents everyday objects--a mobile, a shoes, a pair of scissors--that he has drawn on black-and-white wall surfaces. These mural drawings, which belong to the artist's new work group that he realized at the Rolandseck railway station near Bonn, Germany, show stylized objects that have been linked to each other by a repeated pattern that expands to an allover network. Into these object drawings, Craig-Martin has integrated paintings of his objects, positioned on the same motif. This interplay between appropriation and originality--often practiced by the artist--is already apparent in his treatment of originals by his colleagues, for example, Jasper John's beer cans or Magritte's pipe. The exhibition, documented here by numerous illustrations, brings this appropriation process to our attention once more. The fact that Arp's sculptures and reliefs lead to Craig-Martin's works invites the viewer to reflect on the original versus its interpretation.