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Michael Craig-Martin, b.1941

Study for Box that Opens in 4 Directions1967

As in the rest of his oeuvre, Craig-Martin’s work plays with geometric shapes and everyday objects with meticulous simplicity. In ‘Study for Box that Opens in 4 Directions’, the artist has used a thin crepe tape, in place of drawing media, to evoke an almost sculptural sensibility. The pure lines appear to almost construct themselves forward from the pale isometric graph, rising slightly; adding another dimension to what at first appears to be a seemingly ordinary composition.

MediumHand-applied black crepe tape on isometric graph paper
DimensionsSheet: 28.5x45 cm Framed: 40 x 60 x 4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2011
Item NumberIMMA.3339
Image Caption
Michael Craig-Martin, Study for Box that Opens in 4 Directions, 1967, Hand-applied black crepe tape on isometric graph paper, Sheet: 28.5x45 cm Framed: 40 x 60 x 4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2011

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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.
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