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GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery to Present the Washington Debut of Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings

Internationally Acclaimed Artist to Create a Large Wall Drawing On Site
December 08, 2011

     WASHINGTON— The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will present the Washington debut of Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings. The center piece of the exhibition is a large 5 ft. x 4 ft. wall drawing created on site especially for the gallery. Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings includes more than 30 drawings of subjects drawn from ordinary life, which he portrays using a mechanical line. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Jan.11 through Feb. 17, 2012.

     Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings was selected from a recent exhibition organized by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, and is the artist's first-ever exhibition in Washington, D.C. His work is in the collections of the MoMA in New York City and the Tate Gallery in London. He was recently commissioned to create a poster for the 2012 London Olympics. His work is represented by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, and Gagosian Gallery, and his sculptures are exhibited at the NewArtCentre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

     Mr. Craig-Martin is best known for using his “universal language.” He uses simple things to describe very complex ideas about form and purpose. Like Claes Oldenburg, everyday objects sustain iconic meaning as Mr. Craig-Martin manipulates material and scale to maximum impact.

     Mr. Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941, but he grew up in Northeast Washington, D.C., and sees himself as a prodigal son revisiting an art culture of his youth. He studied fine art at Yale University where he studied the course designed by Josef Albers, the noted Bauhaus color theorist. A key figure in the first generation of British conceptual artists, he was a professor at Goldsmith's College, where he trained many of the YBA (Young British Artists), such as Damien Hirst and Gary Hume.

     The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at George Washington University. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

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