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This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by Chris Martin in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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Works

This is a painting titled Golden Age (for Harry Smith) by artist Chris Martin made in 2018. The materials are acrylic, oil, collage and sativa on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 118 inches.This is a painting titled Golden Age #2 by artist Chris Martin made in 2018. The materials are acrylic, oil and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 118 inches.This is a work titled Egyptian Bodega by artist Chris Martin made in 2018. The materials are Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 85 inches by 74 inches.This is a painting titled Line Up for Glenn O'Brien #3 by artist Chris Martin made in 2018. The materials are oil, acrylic and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 77 inches.This is a painting titled Untitled by artist Chris Martin made in 2017 to 2018. The materials are oil, acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 129 inches by 143 inches.This is a work titled Double Frog Afternoon by artist Chris Martin made in 2017. The materials are Oil, acrylic, collage and glitter on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 118 inches.This is a painting titled Commander Salamander by artist Chris Martin made in  2017. The materials are acrylic and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 114 inches.This is a work titled Dark Times in America (Blonde on Blonde) by artist Chris Martin made in 2017. The materials are acrylic, oil, collage and glitter on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 118 inches.This is a painting titled Saturn x 5 by artist Chris Martin made in 2017. The materials are oil, acrylic and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 77 inches.This is a painting titled Old Technology by artist Chris Martin made in 2016 to 2018. The materials are oil, acrylic, glitter and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 77 inches.This is a painting titled Dance (Eclipse) by artist Chris Martin made in 2016 to 2017. The materials are acyrlic, glitter and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 135 inches by 114 inches.This is a painting titled California by artist Chris Martin made in 2015 to 2017. The materials are Oil, acrylic, glitter and collage on canvas, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 77 inches.

Press Release

Chris Martin
March 1 –
April 7, 2018

For his third exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery, Chris Martin presents a number of new, large-scale paintings, inspired by the gallery’s two-story atrium and the artist’s new upstate painting studio.

 

Chris Martin is something of a New York institution. His Brooklyn studio floor radiates with years of glitter traces and paint stains. He approaches every canvas with a deep knowledge and respect of the medium’s history. There is a sense of joy in his work; particularly in the iconic glitter pieces. Martin loves painting, and wants you to love painting too. He balances the glitter against vibrant fields of color, collaged images, and fearless gestures. There is a physical practicality to this approach, and Martin uses his whole body when making work. He can often be found literally in the painting—stepping onto the canvas and working on the surface from within it. It’s not uncommon for traces of his footprints to appear.   

 

This freewheeling enthusiasm is derived, in part, from the artist’s connection to the musical counterculture of the 1970s. A young, upside-down Bob Dylan appears in one large painting, floating and grooving in a cosmic skyscape. There is also an undeniably mystical element to the paintings. The planets, musicians, and mind-altering substances that populate the surfaces of his work allude to the human search for spirituality. Glitter itself embodies the reflective nature of the mirrored surface, a popular element in religious traditions across the world. In another painting, an Egyptian god appears on gold paint (the first time Martin has used this material); suggesting a kind of universal spiritual connection throughout place and time. The work is also grounded in reference to landscape, and the organic quality of Martin’s imagery and brushstrokes can be traced to his connection with nature. Though Martin has become an integral and longtime fixture among New York artists, he has a life-long relationship with the Catskill mountains, where he has been spending summers since childhood, and now has a second studio. His painted gestures suggest the mountain roads, and invoke physical and even cosmic expanses.

 

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the release of a new major monograph, Chris Martin: Paintings. The book was published by Skira in conjunction with Anton Kern Gallery and David Kordansky Gallery. It features essays by Trinie Dalton, Glenn O’Brien and Nancy Princenthal and 170 full-color illustrations spanning over 40 years of the artist's career. The artist will be signing books during the opening reception.

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