Paint The Town: Chris Martin Painting Big

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Emerging artist Chris Martin partners with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design to showcase his latest exhibition entitled Painting Big.
By: Melissa Henderson

Chris Martin, Ain’t It Funky, 2003–10. Mixed media on canvas, 135 x 114 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

This summer native Washingtonian Chris Martin will make his solo museum  debut at the  Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. As part of the Gallery’s NOW at the Corcoran series, an initiative to showcase the emerging mid-career artists,  Martin’s presentation, entitled Painting Big, takes over three spaces in the Gallery and  focuses on the abstract painter’s complex insertion of everyday life into art, drawing inspiration from varied sources, including the culture and music scene of the 60s. Chris Martin: Painting Big will occupy three rooms in the Gallery, including the busy Corcoran Atrium. It will be a vibrant and dynamic welcome in conjunction with the gallery’s “free summer Saturdays.”  Programs include, “Take Your Painting on a Walk Day” on Saturday, July 2 and “Break It Down Like James Brown” on Saturday, July 30.  Martin will also give a lecture and lead a tour through the galleries with visitors the evening of Thursday, September 8.  For more information on Chris Martin , as well as other programs visit:

Chris Martin, Loud Conversation in a Chinese Restaurant, 2006. Acrylic and collage on canvas, 54 x 49 ? inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

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