Vero Beach Museum of Art Partners with Windsor to Present Michael Craig-Martin Sculpture
Windsor is pleased to announce that the Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) will present leading British artist Michael Craig-Martin’s Bulb (magenta) (2015). The powder-coated steel sculpture is presented in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Arts and The Gallery at Windsor exhibition titled Michael Craig-Martin Present Sense, which will be on display at Windsor from January 29 to April 25, 2019. Bulb will be on view until May 2019.
Present Sense will represent Craig-Martin’s most comprehensive exhibition in the United States to date, including recent paintings, sculptures, and prints. Comprising more than 35 works and extending beyond the walls of The Gallery into the grounds of Windsor, the exhibition will also include three new paintings of three new subjects completed in 2018; Untitled (stiletto), Untitled (split-level) and Untitled (wireless).
Craig-Martin is represented by Gagosian and Alan Cristea Gallery and the exhibition is curated by Hannah Freedberg, Director at Gagosian London.
Craig-Martin has long called attention to the simple objects surrounding us, transforming them into bold and playful icons. Bulb is one of a series of large sculptures that Craig-Martin created based on such everyday objects. The powder-coated steel delineates the unmistakable form of a lightbulb. Its size (over eleven feet tall) and bright pink color make it stand out from the surrounding landscape. The landscape is also brought into the image itself, since it is visible inside the form rather than simply surrounding it. Bulb’s brightly colored lines place it in an ambiguous space between sculpture and drawing. While clearly recognizable as a large, metal sculpture, it also has the flat and linear qualities of a drawing. Craig-Martin has said, “I thought the objects we value least because they were ubiquitous were actually the most extraordinary.” The lightbulb, one of the most common objects in the 21st century, transformed the way society lived and functioned when it became commercially available in the 19th century. The lightbulb’s association with inspired thought, or the eureka moment, adds an additional layer of interest to this striking piece.
Craig-Martin has said about Bulb (magenta), “In order to make the sculptures as I do, the breakthrough for me was discovering that it was possible to have these two-dimensional sculptures stand up unsupported in the landscape buy burying the support underground. Then you have the full illusionism of the object sitting just on the ground. No place is that more-clear than here with the lightbult which has a comparatively small point of contact, and appears poised delicately almost like a dance on a single point.
I was very touched that when Vero Beach Museum of Art learned of my exhibition at Windsor they asked if it would be possible to show one of the sculptures at the same time. It is a very nice collaboration between Windsor and the museum which has enabled this sculpture to be there, where a different audience might see it and perhaps want to visit Windsor and see the complete exhibition, the paintings, prints and other sculptures which are there.”
The Gallery at Windsor is open to the public by appointment Tuesday through Thursday between 10am and 4pm. In addition to docent-led tours in The Gallery, Windsor will lead two public sculpture tours on February 18 and March 18, 2019 for those interested in viewing all six sculptures on display in the grounds at Windsor. To schedule an appointment, contact The Gallery at 772 388 4071 or via email to email@example.com.
For more details on the Vero Beach Museum of Art, please visit vbmuseum.org.
About The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida
Founded in 2002, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space at the heart of the Windsor community. The Gallery annually invites curators to respond to the space with museum-quality shows of contemporary art. The Hon. Hilary M. Weston serves as Creative Director for The Gallery.
The Gallery has exhibited works by leading contemporary artists including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber, Peter Doig, Alex Katz, Per Kirkeby Hon RA and Christopher Le Brun PRA. In April 2011, a three-year collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London realized exhibitions by Beatriz Milhazes, Gert & Uwe Tobias, and American Icon Jasper Johns Hon RA. Most recently, The Gallery presented the first exhibition in a three-year collaboration with the Royal Academy. Featuring celebrated British artist and Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry CBE RA, the multi-media exhibition titled Making Meaning opened in January 2018. windsorflorida.com/gallery
Windsor is a private residential sporting club community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living. Residents enjoy privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. windsorflorida.com
About the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by a group of artists and architects, under the patronage of King George III, in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded charity led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The Royal Academy has launched a new campus as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. Following a transformative redevelopment, designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA and supported by the National Lottery, the new Royal Academy of Arts reveals more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, and its role as a center for learning and debate about art and architecture – alongside its world-class exhibitions program. royalacademy.org.uk
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