Medium: Letterpress print on 225gsm Zerkall 902 Smoothe White Paper
Paper Size: 50 x 48.2 cm
Edition of 40
Signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Thumbprint Editions, London
Globe, 2015 is a limited edition artwork by the artist Michael Craig-Martin. The work is a letterpress print on paper and was produced by Thumbprint Editions, London.
Line drawing permits the most precise sense of accuracy of any kind of drawing. The facts are laid bare with nothing fudged or obscured. The irony is that line drawing shares less with its subjects than any other method of drawing. There are planes, shadows, and colours in the objects I draw, but there are no lines. The lines I draw are my own invention.
Michael Craig-Martin’s work is typified by elegant restraint and conceptual clarity. In simple and direct visual language, Craig-Martin explores the mysterious relationship between objects and their images which he sees as the foundation of our perception of the world.
My drawings are accurately detailed but provide very limited information. For instance, my image of the globe does not show the continents or the oceans. Yet this does not make it difficult for us to see the object for what it is. On recognizing an image, each of us has the extraordinary capacity to assume the absent information without conscious effort. Each viewer brings associations from personal experience, preferences and aversions, from their own individual social, cultural and historical context. The simplest images can release unexpected depths of knowledge and memory.
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941. At a young age he moved with his family to the USA where he later studied at Yale School of Art and Architecture alongside artists including Richard Serra, Chuck Close and Brice Marden. In the late sixties Craig-Martin returned to Britain where he became a key figure in the first generation of British conceptualists.
From 1973-1988 and again from 1994-2000 Craig-Martin tutored at Goldsmiths College where he had a significant influence on two generations of young artists. In 1989 he was appointed as an Artist Trustee of Tate, a role that he served for two five year terms. This period was amongst the most productive and expansive in the Gallery’s history and included the development and opening of Tate Modern, a process in which the artist had a key involvement.
Craig-Martin has had exhibitions and retrospectives at many major institutions and has work in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Tate, London.
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