Jessica Craig-Martin

American Summer

September 6 – October 6, 2007

Solo exhibition

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery is pleased to present the debut New York solo exhibition by Jessica Craig-Martin, on view from September 6 – October 6, 2007. Craig-Martin’s work has been widely seen in various publications and solo museum projects, yet this is her first commercial gallery exhibition in New York. Most recently, the artist was featured in group shows at Bortolami, Rivington Arms, and The Bard Center for Curatorial Studies.

The exhibition will feature sixteen medium to large format glossy color photographs taken at private parties, galas, and benefits. As a photographer who has worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair, among others, Craig-Martin has had ready access to the glitz and glamour of well-heeled society. In her new work, the artist focuses her lens on the jet-set territory of the Hamptons, documenting openings and parties such as The Parrish Art Museum annual gala and The Cosmos for Cancer Benefit. Cropped and obliquely angled, Craig-Martin rarely allows for the identification of her subject’s faces, thus subverting the concept of socitety page party pictures, and instead points towards the baubles, plumage and the telling details – including ‘the help’ - which offer commentary on society’s obsession with surface, glamour, and ‘bling’.

Jessica Craig-Martin was born 1963 and currently lives and works in New York. Her solo museum and gallery exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; PS1/MoMA; Galleri Maze, Turin; Colette, Paris; White Columns, NY; and Maureen Paley, London. Group exhibitions include Bortolami Dayan, NY; The Saatchi Gallery, London; Deitch Projects, NY; and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, among many others. Craig-Martin’s photographs have been widely seen in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Artforum, New York Magazine, Vogue, and Frieze.