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Self Portrait (Aqua)
© Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Arts

Self Portrait (Aqua) 2007

Michael Craig-Martin (b.1941)

Royal Academy of Arts

Michael Craig-Martin. Irish artist, writer, and teacher. He was born in Dublin, moved to the USA as a child, and studied at Yale University, where he encountered an important early influence, John Cage's ‘Lecture on Nothing’ (1949). ‘Life without structure is unseen. Structure without life is dead.’ Although Josef *Albers was no longer there in person, his teaching system remained and Craig-Martin was impressed by the ‘intellectual coherence’ of his view of art (Tusa).

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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