Martin Creed: The Back Door

“Clever, dumb, smart and stupidly gorgeous.
Whatever Creed does …he brings a joyousness, lightness
and objectivity to the task.”
The Guardian (UK)

Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art and employing a minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary while preserving an abundance of wit, humor, and surprise. Crossing all media including painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, film, sculpture, fashion, and more, Creed’s practice meditates on our everyday existence and the visible and invisible structures that shape our lives.

Creed continues his ongoing exploration into rhythm, scale, and order in his largest installation in the U.S. to date, a survey of his work from its most minimal moments to extravagant, larger-than-life installations. Utilizing both the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the historic interiors of the building, Creed will reimagine the space with opening and closing doors, curtains, a slamming piano, and balloons, amongst other new works made for this exhibition. These materials and situations, when grouped together, create a playful spectacle within a framework that provides the viewer with a fascinating way to counter our visually overloaded, choice-saturated culture.

Hear Martin Creed and his band perform a mixture of old songs and new ones from their forthcoming album Thoughts Lined Up within the exhibition space, accompanied by talk with the artist. Tickets also allow access to the exhibition on the performance day. June 8 - 11, Tickets: $45. Buy Tickets

Join the Armory’s curatorial assistant for insightful, hour-long conversations with artists, scholars, and cultural leaders, who offer new points of view on this inventive artist and his largest survey to date.
June 18 - July 30; Saturdays at 3:00pm. Learn more

Explore the art of Martin Creed and create your own art projects inspired by the playful spectacle. Saturday, June 11 at 10:00am. Learn more

Martin Creed’s Odd Genius Comes To Park Avenue Armory - ARTINFO

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory. Curated by Tom Eccles and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Image: Martin Creed, Work No. 1094, 2011.

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June 8–August 7, 2016

Tuesday–Wednesday: 2:00pm–7:00pm
Thursday–Friday: 2:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday–Sunday: 12:00pm–6:00pm

Wade Thompson Drill Hall
Tickets: $15
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