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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