Martin Boyce
b. 1967
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Martin BOYCE
Against the Night
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, plywood, wood stain, wood oil, galvanized steel, wired electrical lights
58 x 126 x 50 inches; 147.3 x 320 x 127 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Against the Night
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, plywood, wood stain, wood oil, galvanized steel, wired electrical lights
58 x 126 x 50 inches; 147.3 x 320 x 127 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
It's Over and Over
2013
Jesmonite, steel
table: 29 x 89 x 47 inches; 73.7 x 226.1 x 119.4 cm
mobile approx.  43 x 63 inches; 109.2 x 160 cm

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Martin BOYCE
It's Over and Over
2013
Jesmonite, steel
table: 29 x 89 x 47 inches; 73.7 x 226.1 x 119.4 cm
mobile approx.  43 x 63 inches; 109.2 x 160 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Spiralling Tracks Bored Through Mountains, Mobile Networks Lost in the Mist
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, wired electrical lights
installation dimensions variable
6 six sided lanterns, each 14 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches; 37.5 x 30 x 30 cm
10 four sided lanterns, each 20 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 52.5 x 24 x 24 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Eclipse
2013
Jesmonite, wood, steel, enamel paint, acrylic paint
86 1/4 x 61 x 2 3/8 inches; 219 x 155 x 6 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, steel, paint
75 x 54 x 2 in; 190 x 137 x 4.5 cm

 

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Martin BOYCE
Projectile Sun
2013
Giclee prints
set of five works: 16 1/2 x 20 1/3 inches; 42 x 51.6 cm (each)
Edition of 5, with 1AP

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
steel, paint, rubber, rust, varnish
Green table: 29 1/2 x 20 x 15 3/4 inches; 75 x 51 x 40 cm
Sculpture: 34 x 15 3/4 x 11 inches; 86.5 x 40 x 28 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
steel, paint, rubber, rust, varnish
Green table: 29 1/2 x 20 x 15 3/4 inches; 75 x 51 x 40 cm
Sculpture: 34 x 15 3/4 x 11 inches; 86.5 x 40 x 28 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, plywood, stain, oil, steel
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches; 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, plywood, stain, oil, steel
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches; 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Mobile arm: powder coated steel; mobile: brass, plywood, stain, oil
Mobile arm: 41 3/4 x 59 1/2 x 1 inches ;106 x 151 x 2.5 cm
Mobile: 26 3/8 (variable) x 43 3/8 x 51 1/4 inches; 67 (variable) x 110 x 130 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Hollow Heights
2011
plywood, brass, and painted steel
overall installed dimensions: 62 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches; 159 x 50 x 40 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Perforated and Porous (sulpher)
2010
painted steel, fabric
25 1/2 x 32 x 20 1/2 inches; 64.8 x 81.3 x 52 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2010
painted steel
80 3/4 x 57 x 18 inches; 205 x 144.8 x 45.7 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Of Inflorescence
2010
jesmonite and steel
43 5/8 x 61 1/4 inches; 110.8 x 155.6 cm

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Martin Boyce
A Forest
2010
galvanized steel, powder-coated aluminum, steel chain, electrical components
59 x 15 1/2 x 15 inches; 149.9 x 39.4 x 38.1 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Suspended Dream (Broken)
2009
altered Eames plywood leg splints, brass, cardboard, chipboard, acrylic paint
28 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; 72 x 20 x 20 cm (sculpture only)
35 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 91 x 24 x 24 cm (plinth only)

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Martin BOYCE
Suspended Dream (Broken)
2009
altered Eames plywood leg splints, brass, cardboard, chipboard, acrylic paint
28 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; 72 x 20 x 20 cm (sculpture only)
35 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 91 x 24 x 24 cm (plinth only)
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Fear Meets the Soul
2008
steel, powder coated steel, acrylic paint, altered plywood leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1942
approximately: 88 x 68 x 95 inches; 223.5 x 172.7 x 241.3 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
There is No Outside
2007
painted steel
17 x 15 x 9 inches; 43 x 38 x 23 cm
(TBG 9704)

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Martin BOYCE
We Are Part of All of This
2007
galvanized steel and cotton fabric
65 x 110 x 24 inches; 165.1 x 279.4 x 61 cm

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Martin BOYCE
We Are Part of All of This
2007
galvanized steel and cotton fabric
65 x 110 x 24 inches; 165.1 x 279.4 x 61 cm

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Martin BOYCE
We Make An Unsubstantial Territory (We Appear and Disappear)
2007
20 burnished brass letters, lacquered steel, light fixtures
dimensions variable

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Martin BOYCE
Fluorescent Sunshine and Shivers
2007
steel, powder coated aluminum, light fixture and spray paint
84 3/4 x 69 1/4 x 59 inches; 215 x 176 x 150 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Fluorescent Sunshine and Shivers
2007
steel, powder coated aluminum, light fixture and spray paint
84 3/4 x 69 1/4 x 59 inches; 215 x 176 x 150 cm

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Martin Boyce
We are still and reflective
2007
Installation at skulptur projekte münster 07, Muenster, Germany, 2007

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Martin Boyce
We are still and reflective
2007
Installation at skulptur projekte münster 07, Muenster, Germany, 2007
DETAIL

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Installation view Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations, National Galleries of Scotland, 2006

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Installation view Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations, National Galleries of Scotland, 2006

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Martin BOYCE
Phantom Mask
2003
black and white photograph
20 x 16 inches; 51 x 41 cm
Edition of 10

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Installation view Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tramway, Glasgow, 2002

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Installation view Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tramway, Glasgow, 2002

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Martin BOYCE
Phantom Limb (Sister)
2002
black and white photograph
49 x 32 1/4 inches; 125 x 82 cm
Edition of 10

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Installation view For 1959 Capital Avenue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2002

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Installation view For 1959 Capital Avenue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2002

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Martin BOYCE
Chair Noir
2000
black and white photograph
8 1/2 x 10 inches; 21.5 x 25.5 cm
Edition 1 of 10

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Martin BOYCE
Against the Night
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, plywood, wood stain, wood oil, galvanized steel, wired electrical lights
58 x 126 x 50 inches; 147.3 x 320 x 127 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Against the Night
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, plywood, wood stain, wood oil, galvanized steel, wired electrical lights
58 x 126 x 50 inches; 147.3 x 320 x 127 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
It's Over and Over
2013
Jesmonite, steel
table: 29 x 89 x 47 inches; 73.7 x 226.1 x 119.4 cm
mobile approx.  43 x 63 inches; 109.2 x 160 cm

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Martin BOYCE
It's Over and Over
2013
Jesmonite, steel
table: 29 x 89 x 47 inches; 73.7 x 226.1 x 119.4 cm
mobile approx.  43 x 63 inches; 109.2 x 160 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Spiralling Tracks Bored Through Mountains, Mobile Networks Lost in the Mist
2013
Perforated steel, steel chain, wired electrical lights
installation dimensions variable
6 six sided lanterns, each 14 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches; 37.5 x 30 x 30 cm
10 four sided lanterns, each 20 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 52.5 x 24 x 24 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Eclipse
2013
Jesmonite, wood, steel, enamel paint, acrylic paint
86 1/4 x 61 x 2 3/8 inches; 219 x 155 x 6 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, steel, paint
75 x 54 x 2 in; 190 x 137 x 4.5 cm

 

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Martin BOYCE
Projectile Sun
2013
Giclee prints
set of five works: 16 1/2 x 20 1/3 inches; 42 x 51.6 cm (each)
Edition of 5, with 1AP

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
steel, paint, rubber, rust, varnish
Green table: 29 1/2 x 20 x 15 3/4 inches; 75 x 51 x 40 cm
Sculpture: 34 x 15 3/4 x 11 inches; 86.5 x 40 x 28 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
steel, paint, rubber, rust, varnish
Green table: 29 1/2 x 20 x 15 3/4 inches; 75 x 51 x 40 cm
Sculpture: 34 x 15 3/4 x 11 inches; 86.5 x 40 x 28 cm
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, plywood, stain, oil, steel
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches; 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Jesmonite, plywood, stain, oil, steel
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches; 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2013
Mobile arm: powder coated steel; mobile: brass, plywood, stain, oil
Mobile arm: 41 3/4 x 59 1/2 x 1 inches ;106 x 151 x 2.5 cm
Mobile: 26 3/8 (variable) x 43 3/8 x 51 1/4 inches; 67 (variable) x 110 x 130 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Hollow Heights
2011
plywood, brass, and painted steel
overall installed dimensions: 62 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches; 159 x 50 x 40 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Perforated and Porous (sulpher)
2010
painted steel, fabric
25 1/2 x 32 x 20 1/2 inches; 64.8 x 81.3 x 52 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Untitled
2010
painted steel
80 3/4 x 57 x 18 inches; 205 x 144.8 x 45.7 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Of Inflorescence
2010
jesmonite and steel
43 5/8 x 61 1/4 inches; 110.8 x 155.6 cm

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Martin Boyce
A Forest
2010
galvanized steel, powder-coated aluminum, steel chain, electrical components
59 x 15 1/2 x 15 inches; 149.9 x 39.4 x 38.1 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Suspended Dream (Broken)
2009
altered Eames plywood leg splints, brass, cardboard, chipboard, acrylic paint
28 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; 72 x 20 x 20 cm (sculpture only)
35 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 91 x 24 x 24 cm (plinth only)

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Martin BOYCE
Suspended Dream (Broken)
2009
altered Eames plywood leg splints, brass, cardboard, chipboard, acrylic paint
28 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; 72 x 20 x 20 cm (sculpture only)
35 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 91 x 24 x 24 cm (plinth only)
DETAIL

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Martin BOYCE
Fear Meets the Soul
2008
steel, powder coated steel, acrylic paint, altered plywood leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1942
approximately: 88 x 68 x 95 inches; 223.5 x 172.7 x 241.3 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath And This Breeze)
2007
Acid etched brass
5 parts, each 9 x 16 3/4 inches; 23 x 42.5 cm
installation dimensions variable
Edition of 3; 2 APs

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Martin BOYCE
There is No Outside
2007
painted steel
17 x 15 x 9 inches; 43 x 38 x 23 cm
(TBG 9704)

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Martin BOYCE
We Are Part of All of This
2007
galvanized steel and cotton fabric
65 x 110 x 24 inches; 165.1 x 279.4 x 61 cm

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Martin BOYCE
We Are Part of All of This
2007
galvanized steel and cotton fabric
65 x 110 x 24 inches; 165.1 x 279.4 x 61 cm

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Martin BOYCE
We Make An Unsubstantial Territory (We Appear and Disappear)
2007
20 burnished brass letters, lacquered steel, light fixtures
dimensions variable

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Martin BOYCE
Fluorescent Sunshine and Shivers
2007
steel, powder coated aluminum, light fixture and spray paint
84 3/4 x 69 1/4 x 59 inches; 215 x 176 x 150 cm

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Martin BOYCE
Fluorescent Sunshine and Shivers
2007
steel, powder coated aluminum, light fixture and spray paint
84 3/4 x 69 1/4 x 59 inches; 215 x 176 x 150 cm

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Martin Boyce
We are still and reflective
2007
Installation at skulptur projekte münster 07, Muenster, Germany, 2007

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Martin Boyce
We are still and reflective
2007
Installation at skulptur projekte münster 07, Muenster, Germany, 2007
DETAIL

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Installation view Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations, National Galleries of Scotland, 2006

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Installation view Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations, National Galleries of Scotland, 2006

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Martin BOYCE
Phantom Mask
2003
black and white photograph
20 x 16 inches; 51 x 41 cm
Edition of 10

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Installation view Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tramway, Glasgow, 2002

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Installation view Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tramway, Glasgow, 2002

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Martin BOYCE
Phantom Limb (Sister)
2002
black and white photograph
49 x 32 1/4 inches; 125 x 82 cm
Edition of 10

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Installation view For 1959 Capital Avenue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2002

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Installation view For 1959 Capital Avenue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2002

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Martin BOYCE
Chair Noir
2000
black and white photograph
8 1/2 x 10 inches; 21.5 x 25.5 cm
Edition 1 of 10

Biography

Martin Boyce’s sculptures, photographs and installations poetically investigate the intersections between art, architecture, design, and nature. Since the beginning of his career, he has incorporated a palette of shapes and forms that frequently recall familiar structures from the built environment – a phone booth, a chain-linked fence, a ventilation grill, to name a few – yet presents them in a way that is entirely new. Collapsing distinctions between past, present, and future, Boyce’s works seem to exist in their own autonomous world, untethered to any fixed time or place. 

 

Winner of the Tate’s 2011 Turner Prize, Boyce was born in Hamilton, Scotland in 1967 and currently lives and works in Glasgow. He attended the Glasgow School of Art, where he received a BA in Environmental Art in 1990 and an MFA in 1997. In 1996, he also studied at California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, CA.

 

In 2009, Boyce represented Scotland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with a solo pavilion presentation entitled No Reflections, which traveled to Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland from 2009 to 2010. Other important solo presentations include the artist’s major commission as part of the permanent sculpture program at the List Visual Arts Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (2011), Martin Boyce and Ugo Rondinone: We Burn, We Shiver at SculptureCenter in New York (2008),  This Place is Close and 

Unfolded at Westfalischer Kunstverein in Munster, Germany (2008), Out of This Sun, Into This Shadow at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK (2008), A Lost Cat and Alleyways, Back Gardens, Pools and Parkways at Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève in Switzerland (2007), For 1959 Capital Avenue at Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2002), and Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours at Tramway in Glasgow (2002).

 

His work was also included in important group exhibitions including Baltic Presents Turner Prize 2011 at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK (2011-2012) and Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2010 and traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC through 2012.

 

His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate in London, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, among other institutions worldwide.

Exhibitions
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October 2, 2015 – January 31, 2016
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Kunstmuseum Basel
25 April - 18 August 2015
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Work From the 1990s
12 June - 1 August 2014
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9 January - 8 February 2014
Publications
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Princeton Architectural Press and RISD Museum of Art
2015
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Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmusem Basel
2015
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MACK
2013
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Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Daimler Art Collection
2012
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JRP|Ringier
2009