Eddie Martinez at Miami Design District

Eddie Martinez at Miami Design District

The exhibit is a group show featuring early work by Eddie Martinez alongside work by nine outsider, self-taught and American art brut artists that Martinez collects or is otherwise inspired by: Hawkins Bolden, Freddie Brice, David Butler, Willie Jinks, Joe Light, Laura Craig McNellis, Ike Morgan, Mary T. Smith and Billy White.

The exhibition emphasizes a set of shared formal mannerisms between the artists: flatness rather than a sense of perspective, a graphic line rather than finely wrought draughtsmanship. The works contain a sense of speed, immediacy and improvisation. Repeated figures assume a symbolic, spiritual or totemic quality.

EDDIE MARTINEZ Untitled 2006 Sharpie, marker and acrylic on paper 8 1/2 by 11 in. 21.6 by 27.9 cm. (MI&N 17442)
EDDIE MARTINEZ Untitled 2006 Acrylic on canvas 30 by 40 in. 76.2 by 101.6 cm (MI&N 17456)
EDDIE MARTINEZ Untitled 2009 Oil, enamel and acrylic on canvas 48 by 60 in. 121.9 by 152.4 cm (MI&N 17460)

Eddie Martinez has become known for work that joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation in non-traditional ways. The twenty-one works on paper and five paintings in this exhibition date from 2005 to 2009, introducing early forms of Martinez’s personal iconography that continue to populate his practice today: tabletops, blockheads, sleeping men, flowerpots and birds. For Martinez, drawing has been a daily practice for over two decades. From quick and loose black and white compositions in Sharpie; dense and energetic tabletops with objects from edge-to-edge; minimal portraits punctuated by gobs of abstract paint and linseed oil, this selection of early works on paper can be seen as a microcosm for the largescale paintings for which he is best known for today.

Presented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash

NOVEMBER 24 – JANUARY 30, 2022

151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 125
Miami, Florida 33137

Miami Art Week hours (Nov 29 to Dec 5, 2021)
Monday to Friday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Regular hours (from Dec 6, 2021)
Wednesday to Friday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm


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