Martin Creed

British visual artist and musician

The Mar­tin Creed ret­ro­spec­tive, “What’s the Point of It?” runs through April 27, 2014 at the South­bank Center’s Hay­ward Gallery in London.

LARRY_QUALLS_10312609389Mar­tin Creed.  Work No. 406: Balls, 2005.  © 2005 Mar­tin Creed.  Photo: Larry Qualls.

Creed’s work plays on def­i­n­i­tions of art and cap­tures the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion while also attract­ing crit­i­cal acclaim for its thought­ful, acces­si­ble approach. His art puts ideas out into the world in a vari­ety of mate­ri­als; he uses sim­ple things such as planks of wood, stacks of chairs, and pieces of crum­pled paper; some pro­fes­sional mate­ri­als such as acrylic paint and neon; and some more unusual live com­po­nents such as run­ners, bal­let dancers, musi­cians, and dogs. He has made sculp­tures, instal­la­tions, paint­ings, draw­ings, videos, songs, events, live per­for­mances, and one ballet.

Fiona Bradley. “Creed, Mar­tin.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. <>.


Links to Exter­nal Web Sites

Hay­ward Gallery Ret­ro­spec­tive web site
Biog­ra­phy, images, events, etc.

Mar­tin Creed Artist web site
Biog­ra­phy, works, exhi­bi­tions, shop

Hauser & Wirth:  Mar­tin Creed
Biog­ra­phy, exhi­bi­tions, bib­li­og­ra­phy, images, selected publications

Tate:  Mar­tin Creed
Biog­ra­phy, images,  brief bibliography


UW Libraries Resources (in order chrono­log­i­cally from newest to oldest)

  • 100 works of art that will define our age
    Grovier, Kelly
    New York, New York : Thames & Hud­son, 2013
    Suz­za­llo Allen Libraries Stacks N6490 .G7245 2013
  • Art and Text
    Selby, Aimee
    Lon­don : Black Dog, 2009
    Both­ell Library NX650.L35 A78 2009
  • No. 1 : first works by 362 artists
    Richer, Francesca
    New York : D.A.P./Distributed Art Pub­lish­ers, 2005
    Tacoma Library Stacks N6486 .N6 2005
  • Expérience de la durée : Bien­nale de Lyon 2005
    Paris : Paris musées, 2005
    Art Library Stacks N6496.3.F7 L934 2005
  • Art Now
    Grosenick, Uta
    Köln ; Lon­don : Taschen, 2005
    Ode­gaard Under­grad­u­ate Library Stacks N6497 .A78 2005
  • Tempo
    Herken­hoff, Paulo
    New York : Museum of Mod­ern Art, 2002
    Art Library Stacks N8253.T5 H47 2002
  • Extra art : a sur­vey of artists’ ephemera, 1960–1999
    Perez, Pilar
    Santa Mon­ica : Smart Art Press, 2001
    Art Library Stacks NC1280 .E98 2001
  • Noth­ing
    Gussin, Gra­ham
    Lon­don : August ; Sun­der­land : North­ern Gallery for Con­tem­po­rary Art, 2001
    Art Library Stacks N6486 .N68 2001
  • Intel­li­gence : new British art 2000
    But­ton, Vir­ginia
    Lon­don : Tate Gallery, 2000
    Art Library Stacks N6768 .I58 2000
  • Cream : con­tem­po­rary art in cul­ture
    Lon­don :  Phaidon, 1998
    Ode­gaard Under­grad­u­ate Library Stacks N6490 .C726 1998 and Suz­za­llo Allen
    Libraries Folios N6490 .C726 1998

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