Martin Creed: What's the point of it?

Martin Creed: What's the point of it?


Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Martin Creed (b. 1968) has been recognised around the world for his distinctive approach to art that is at once playful, thought-provoking and deeply ambiguous. Crossing all artistic media and including musical performance and dance, his art transforms common materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence, choice, perception and the invisible structures that shape everyday experience.

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? is the official, large-format and fully-illustrated publication which accompanies the first major survey of Creed’s work in the world, opening at Hayward Gallery in January 2014. Encompassing the full range and scale of Creed’s work, this comprehensive monograph spans his most minimal moments as well as extravagant room-sized installations, giant neon signs, video projections
and performances.

Outstanding in scope, design and content, this essential volume features Creed’s key artworks and a number of newly commissioned essays by music journalist Paul Morley, art historian Joachim Pissarro and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson, and a text by award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster Bill Bailey. Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? offers an essential insight into the work of one of the world’s most innovative living artists.

Foreword by Ralph Rugoff
Essays by Bill Bailey, Cliff Lauson, Paul Morley and Joachim Pissarro

204 pages
28.5 x 24.5 cm
320 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 85332 320 1
RRP £30

Designed by Joe Ewart

Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician, actor and broadcaster. As well as his extensive stand-up work, Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI.

Dr Cliff Lauson is Curator at the Hayward Gallery where, since 2009, he has curated major exhibitions of work by Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, and David Shrigley, as well as the critically acclaimed Light Show.

Paul Morley is a music journalist and writer. He wrote for the NME between 1977 and 1983 and has gone on to publish several books about music, including Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City (2005) and Ask: The Chatter of Pop (1986), a collection of his journalism from the NME period.

Joachim Pissarro is an art historian, educator and director of the Hunter College Galleries and Bershad Professor of Art History at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Pissarro was Curator at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Painting and Sculpture from 2003 to 2007.

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“With so many works to view at the show and needing time to take everything in, it is worth buying the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition, Martin Creed: What’s the Point of It. It feels like a work of art in its own right and includes excellent essays by curator Cliff Lauson, and the comedian and musician Bill Bailey. The art and music critic Paul Morley also contributes to this retrospective catalogue, which acknowledges Creed’s other talents as a musician and composer"


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