CHRIS MARTIN "Green, Yellow, Orange," 2008 Spray-paint and charcoal on paper 30 1/8 by 22 3/4 in. 76.5 by 57.8 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN Seven Pointed Star (Black) (Basel) 2008 Acrylic on paper 16 5/8 by 12 in. 42.2 by 30.5 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Arizona...," 2000 Acrylic and watercolor on paper 19 1/4 by 15 1/4 in. 48.9 by 38.7 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Amanita Muscaria," 2008 Acrylic on paper 11 3/4 by 8 3/8 in. 29.8 by 21.3 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Burma Sunrise," 2000-02 Acrylic, collage and ink on paper 14 1/14 by 10 1/2 in. 35.7 by 26.7 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "1,2,3,4,5,6,7...(Ravine)," 2004 Paint or tar and indentation on foil 11 by 8 1/4 in. 27.9 by 21 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Untitled," 2008 Acrylic on paper 11 5/8 by 8 5/8 in. 29.5 by 21.9 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Untitled," 1985-97 Acrylic on paper 10 1/2 by 7 7/8 in. 26.7 by 20 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "W123 B123...," 1999 Oil on fabric 13 7/8 by 10 7/8 in. 35.2 by 27.6 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "Untitled," 2008 Spray-paint on hand made paper 33 3/4 by 21 1/4 in. 85.7 by 54 cm.
CHRIS MARTIN "1-7... (Utah)," 2000-01 Acrylic on paper 19 1/8 by 13 1/4 in. 48.6 by 33.7 cm.
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Press Release

Mitchell-Innes & Nash will present an exhibition of works on paper by Chris Martin in its Madison Avenue gallery from February 12 through March 27. This will be the artist's second solo show with Mitchell-Innes & Nash. The exhibition will include over forty works from the last twenty years. The works in the show capture Martin's spirit of experimentation and demonstrate an almost compulsive approach to art-making. The drawings and paintings on paper utilize wildly diverse materials, from paint and crayon to fabric, aluminum foil, album covers and the artist's own last will and testament. They vary from rapid sketches to collages and complete paintings, and explore Martin's recurrent themes of geometric forms, seven-pointed stars, number systems, and jazz icons. Some imagery hints at the mystical and psychedelic – mushrooms and pyramids – while other works fall squarely within the traditions of abstraction. For Martin, the two are not necessarily distinct: abstract painters are his shamans, their works talismanic. His irreverent references to artists including Alfred Jensen, Frank Stella, and Barnett Newman yield a body of work both playful and utterly serious about the practice of painting. Chris Martin was born in 1954 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and attended Yale University. Recent group shows have included "Abstract America" at the Saatchi Gallery in London, "Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction" at de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, and "The Painted World" at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York. He is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Listing Information: Mitchell-Innes & Nash: 1018 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor (between 78th and 79th) Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10-5 T: 212.744.7400 Opening Reception: Thursday February 12, 6-8 pm Press Contact: Jessica Duffett jessica@miandn.com 212 744 7400