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Meet Martin Creed

Sat, Feb 11, 2012, 3–6 pm

<strong>Martin Creed</strong> <em>Work No. 1020</em>

Martin Creed
Work No. 1020, 2009
Theatre show including ballet, talk, and music
Shown in performance at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK, 2009
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Martin Creed, winner of the 2001 Turner Prize and one of the UK’s leading artists, reevaluates the status of art with a generous dose of wit. As an introduction to his year-long project at the MCA, Martin Creed Plays Chicago, Creed brings his multifaceted practice to a Chicago audience. From his work with humble, readymade materials to his ambitious public sculptures and his rock band, Creed demonstrates how his ideas circulate through the variety of media he engages in his art. Just as his artworks refuse conventionality, so does Creed’s artist talk. This is a unique early opportunity to experience the artist as he combines talking, choreography, and music in this unpredictable performance.

Martin Creed (b. 1968 in England) was raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where he continues to live and work. Creed’s work has been exhibited widely at international venues, and this summer his “Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes” kicks off the Olympic Games in London.

Joining Creed is Amanda McAlister, who grew up in Nashville Tennessee and began her dance training at The School of Nashville Ballet. She received her BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago, has performed in New York and across the world, and performs professionally with The Seldoms Dance Company in Chicago.


Generous support for the Martin Creed Residency has been provided by Helen and Sam Zell.