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Michael Craig-Martin, b.1941

On the Table1970

Craig-Martin’s early practice involved the use of ready-mades such as the glass of water in his iconic work ‘An Oak Tree’, 1973. As with all of Craig-Martin’s works, ‘On the Table’ was made using household objects, where four metal buckets of water serve as the counter-balance to the suspended table on which they stand.

MediumWood, metal, water, rope
DimensionsDimensions Variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
Item NumberIMMA.1654
Not on view
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Michael Craig-Martin, On the Table, 1970, Wood, metal, water, rope, Dimensions Variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004

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About the Artist

Michael Craig-Martin b.1941

Born in Dublin, Michael Craig-Martin studied art at Yale University in America in the 1960s, where he was influenced by theories of conceptual art. In the 1980s Craig-Martin taught at Goldsmith’s College and was significant influence on the emerging YBA generation. Craig-Martin's early art practice involved the use of ready-mades. During the 1990s the focus of his work moved to painting, and to increasingly complex site-specific wall paintings. In 1996 Whitechapel Gallery, London held a retrospective of his work and in 2006 IMMA presented ‘Michael Craig-Martin: Works 1964-2006’. — View Artist »