Artist Michael Craig-Martin hits the Sunshine State

The Royal Academy of Arts collaborates with Florida’s The Gallery at Windsor to present more than 35 works by the master of conceptual art

Untitled (Lightbulb Blue) by Michael Craig-Martin (2017)
Untitled (Lightbulb Blue) by Michael Craig-Martin (2017) | Image: © Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian. Photograph: Mike Bruce

The Royal Academy of Arts and The Gallery at Windsor in Florida will collaborate for a special exhibition of works by British conceptual artist and Royal Academician Michael Craig-Martin, from January 29 to April 25. Present Sense promises to be the artist’s most comprehensive US exhibition to date, featuring more than 35 paintings, prints and sculptures, with the sculptures being displayed throughout the scenic Windsor grounds.

Untitled (Trainer Fragment) by Michael Craig-Martin (2017)
Untitled (Trainer Fragment) by Michael Craig-Martin (2017) | Image: © Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian. Photograph: Mike Bruce
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Following the success of last year’s inaugural collaborative show featuring Grayson Perry RA, this year’s event will highlight everyday objects – from a light bulb to a trainer and a watch – that are central to Craig-Martin’s multimedia oeuvre. Curated by Hannah Freedberg, director at Gagosian London, the exhibition includes several 2018 paintings – Untitled (Stiletto), Untitled (Split-level) and Untitled (Wireless). Other graphic images reflect the pre-eminence of technology in our day-to-day lives, from a colourful laptop to wireless headphones and the ubiquitous iPhone. A selection of the works on view will be available for sale, priced up to $250,000.

Untitled (Watch Fragment Yellow) by Michael Craig-Martin (2018)
Untitled (Watch Fragment Yellow) by Michael Craig-Martin (2018) | Image: © Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian. Photograph: Mike Bruce
Double Take iPhone by Michael Craig-Martin (2018)
Double Take iPhone by Michael Craig-Martin (2018) | Image: © Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian. Photograph: Mike Bruce

The Gallery, founded by Alannah Weston in 2002, has gained a reputation for presenting art by noted contemporary creatives such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ed Ruscha, Alex Katz and the RA’s own Christopher Le Brun, who serves as a series curator for the collaboration between the Royal Academy and The Gallery at Windsor. “Apart from his acknowledged achievements as an artist, Michael has been a key figure of the British art establishment, whether as teacher, lecturer or board member,” says Le Brun. “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing his sculptures displayed against the green grass and blue skies of Windsor.”

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Craig-Martin’s many accomplishments make this exhibition justly deserved. He has been a mentor to YBAs such as Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Fiona Rae, was an early proponent of the Tate Modern and received a knighthood for his services to art in 2016.

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