Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2009
Theater show including ballet, talk, and music
Shown in performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK, 2011

Fortified with a generous sense of humor, Martin Creed reevaluates the status of art in this virtuosic mash up of music and movement. For this performance, his first ballet, Creed plays lead guitar with his London-based band, joined by dancers from the original Sadler’s Wells production. Creed’s challenge—to compose a work using only the five core positions of classical ballet, each paired with a musical note—creates the conditions for a intriguing collision of structure and spontaneity. For more information and tickets, click here.


Work No. 1376, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1377, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1378, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1379, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1381, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1382, 2012
Acrylic on paper
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1385, 2012
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Work No. 1386, 2012
Acrylic on paper
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Creed produced the eight small canvases on view in the MCA lobby and Puck’s café while leading a painting workshop with students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These works result from a series of exercises, which included using chance operations, painting portraits without looking at the canvas, and establishing certain procedures to play with structure and color.