Exhibitions

Michael Craig-Martin exhibition installation view

Michael Craig-Martin: All Things Considered

2 October - 14 December 2021
Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
London Calling: British Contemporary Art exhibition installation view

London Calling: British Contemporary Art

17 June - 17 October 2021
Fundacion Bancaja, Valencia
Michael Craig-Martin exhibition installation view

Michael Craig-Martin

10 June - 23 July 2021
Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Transitional Objects exhibition installation view

Transitional Objects

7 May - 10 July 2021
Carling Dalenson Gallery, Stockholm
Michael Craig-Martin: Present Sense exhibition installation view

Michael Craig-Martin: Present Sense

19 January - 25 April 2019
The Gallery at Windsor, Florida
NOW exhibition installation view

NOW

23 April - 21 June 2015
Himalayas Museum, Shanghai and The Hubei Museum of Art
Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth exhibition installation view

Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth

16 March - 29 June 2014
Chatsworth, Bakewell

Biography

Portrait of Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin Ireland in 1941. He grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He has lived and worked in Britain since 1966. 

His first solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery, London, in 1969. He participated in the definitive exhibition of British conceptual art, The New Art at the Hayward Gallery in 1972. His best known works include An oak tree of 1973, in which he claimed to have changed a glass of water into an oak tree; his large-scale black and white wall drawings; and his intensely coloured paintings, installations, and commissions, including the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, the Laban Dance Centre in London (in collaboration with Herzog and deMeuron), the DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal, and, most recently, the HDI Gerling Headquarters in Hannover. 

Over the past forty-two years he has had numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums across the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and MoMA, New York, the Kunstvereins in Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and Hannover, at IVAM in Valencia, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He represented Britain in the 23rd Sao Paulo Biennal. A retrospective of his work was presented at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1989, and a second at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2006, and a third at the Serpentine gallery, London, in 2015.

Recent solo exhibitions include Less is still more at Krefeld Museum Haus Esters, Sculpture at Chatsworth House in association with Gagosian Gallery, Objects of our time at Cristea Roberts Gallery, and NOW, a touring exhibition in China. 

Craig-Martin is well known to have been an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College, London. He was a Tate Trustee from 1989 to 1999, was awarded a CBE in 2000 and was elected an RA in 2006. In 2016 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to art.

He is represented in London by Gagosian Gallery and Cristea Roberts Gallery. 

Download full biography (PDF)