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Public Art Fund Talks at The New School: Martin Creed

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Martin Creed, one of Great Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, works in a wide array of media including sculpture, painting, installation, choreography, and music. Making use of existing materials and situations, Creed’s work often utilizes conceptual scores to create specific interventions, questioning the definition of art with playful, witty, conceptual minimalism. His logical and deadpan approach to artmaking is evident in the naming practice of his works, which are titled in numerical and sequential order. His monumental piece for the 2012 London Olympics, Work No. 1197, All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes, included the participation of thousands as they rang bells from Big Ben to the Houses of Parliament in London, Millennium Square in Bristol to St Albans Cathedral, and in hundreds of other churches and community centers throughout the United Kingdom to usher in the Olympics. Creed will launch the Spring 2015 Public Art Fund Talks at The New School with a performative lecture about his work in the public realm.

Martin Creed (b. 1968, Wakefield, England) lives and works in London.  Solo exhibitions of his work have been recently presented at the Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); MAMAC, France (2011); and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2010). He was the recipient of the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227.  An accomplished musician, he has released several albums including Mind Trap (2014), Chicago (2012), Love to You (2012), Die (2012), and Thinking/Not Thinking (2011). His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  He studied at the Slade School of Art at University College London.  Creed is represented by Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York; and Johnen Galerie in Berlin. 

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

This program is made possible in part by Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Martin Creed, Work No. 1357: MOTHERS, 2012

White neon, electric motor and steel, 246 x 571 inches

Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York


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Vera List Center for Art and Politics


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$10; free for students, New School faculty, staff and alumni with ID

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