Opinion

Painter Chris Martin Goes Really Big in DC

I’m as big of a Chris Martin fan as vlogger and writer James Kalm (aka painter Loren Munk), so the video he just uploaded on YouTube of Martin’s new solo museum show — his first — at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, is a treat.

The specially commissioned (and ginormous) paintings in the museum’s atrium look impressive and it’s great to see the artist get some recognition in his hometown — though the museum says they were unaware he was a DC native when they made the decision. The exhibition is part of the institution’s NOW, which is a series of exhibitions that present new and site-specific work by emerging and mid-career artists — I think Martin falls into the latter category.

A major presence in Brooklyn’s painting scene, Martin’s work draws from all types of folk traditions (from American hot dogs to South Asian decorative patterns) to breathe new life into abstract painting at every turn.

As an added treat, the Corcoran has created a whole series of videos to accompany this show, including a wonderful short behind-the-scene’s video documenting the atrium installation — it also has a nice ambient soundtrack by DC collective Bluebrain.

Here is the exhibition trailer:

There are a few other videos but they are less interesting.

Chris Martin: Painting Big continues until October 23 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC).

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