Born: 1954, Washington D.C.
Lives & works in Brooklyn, NY
The three new paintings Chris Martin has installed in an atrium of the Corcoran Gallery are big, and seem bigger. THE THREE NEW PAINTINGS Chris Martin has installed in an atrium of the Corcoran Gallery are big, and seem bigger. At 26 feet tall, they all reach past the balustrade on the mezzanine above and directly engage the columns that extend upward beyond its railing.Download PDF Art in America Chris Martin
For a duo of New York painters known to discuss and even trade their work with each other, Joe Bradley and Chris Martin appear to have little in common as artists. While Martin is willing to walk the plank in hopes of finding something personal and exciting, Bradley is content to tinker at the periphery.Download PDF
CM (Chris Martin): So what are you here to interview Chris Martin about?
JB (Joe Bradley): Whatever Chris wants to talk about.
CM: Who do you work for?
JB: The CIA.
With simple shapes and bold colors, this Brooklyn painter embraces the metaphysical... During a recent New York subway ride, painter Chris Martin noticed an advertisement in Spanish for a local dentist. "It read, CUARENTA ANOS DE EXPERIENCIA--40 years of experience--and this bulb lit up in my head," Martin recounts, laughing.Download PDF Elle Decor Chris Martin
Appropriately, the first piece one saw upon entering the gallery was "Seven Pointed Star (Black) (Basel)," 2008 - the fundamental symbol of alchemy - with vibrant red, green, and yellow points radiating geometrically off a lush black background.Download PDF
According to Irving Sandler's 1984 monograph to the late Al Held, while still a student had the extravagant ambition to "synthesize the total objectivity of Piet Mondrian with the total subjectivity of Jackson Pollock."Download PDF
Chris Martin doesn't go in much for finesse or spatial illustration. While most works in this show are on canvas, they look more like slabs or shields. Their stretchers are casually built. Their surfaces are rumpled and bumpy with odd bits of paper collage and plastic foam circles about the size of hockey pucks.Download PDF New York Times Chris Martin
Chris Martin, an American, and Michael Krebber, a German, were both born in 1954. Krebber has suggested that he might be a failed actor who is seen by others as a Conceptual artist, one who finds ways to paint, because it's a good idea, often by various kinds of not-painting (used stretched gingham or horse blankets instead of oil on canvas).Download PDF
Chris Martin burst back on the scene last September with a bumptious show at Brooklyn gallery brilliantly named Sideshow. Alas, I missed it, but lucky for me, Los Angeles is now securely on the map for the hardcore Brooklyn abstract painters, most of whom, when I was living in New York 15 years ago, never made it west of the Hudson River.Download PDF
Chris Martin's exhibition "Paintings" spilled onto the exterior walls of the gallery and the front of a building across the street. Despite its title, the show encompassed far more than painting, and far more than only his own work. In a gesture of friendship and generosity, Martin made room for dozens and dozens of small-scale pieces by fellow artists.Download PDF