Martin Basher

Martin Basher’s painting and sculptural work is situated in the lineage of display-based artistic practices. Working with the languages of retail and advertising, Basher explores the emotional charge of common objects and images. From his trademark paintings of gradated stripes and photo-real beaches to sculptural installations serving as displays for consumer goods, Basher activates spaces of sublimated psychological desire, at once familiar and strange for the altered retail scenarios they present. In these complex displays, Basher invokes unspoken drives, and the mundane and exclusive, the highbrow and lowbrow, and the public and private impulses that inform us as consuming individuals.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Armory Show, March 2 – 5, 2017

A Guide to Benefits, June 13 – July 25, 2015

 

MARTIN BASHER

Born 1979, Wellington, New Zealand. Lives and works in New York, NY.

 

EDUCATION

MFA Columbia University, New York, NY

2008

BA in Fine Art Columbia University, New York, NY

2003

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

The Armory Show, with Anat Ebgi, New York, NY

2017

A Guide to Benefits, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

Jizzy Velvet, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2015

Peppermint Schnapps, City Gallery of Wellington, Wellington, NZ

2014

Untitled, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2013

Package and Handling, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, NY

Armory Show, with Starkwhite, New York, NY

2012

Paradise Salé, Rockefeller Apartments, New York, NY

2011

States of Peace and Calm w. Personal Touch and Easy Ordering, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

High Class Boner Meds/Paradise Sale, Lopdell House, Titirangi, NZ

2010

Free Spirit No Interest, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2009

The Spectacular Fall, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2008

Martin Basher, Susan Inglett, New York, NY

2007

Blackwater, Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, NZ

Fine Dining, High Street Project, Christchurch, NZ

2006

 

SELECTED TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

2017

miart, with Anat Ebgi, Milan, IT

2016

Martin Basher, Henry Codax, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT

On The Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams Gallery, New York, NY

Duck Rabbit, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles. Cur. Jason Losh.

Display, curated by Barry Rosenberg, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Anomie, Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, Cortland, NY

2014

Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ. Cur. Natasha Conland

Sweatpanting, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Toi Aotearoa, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Strangers In A Strange Land, LMAK, New York, NY

Group Show, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Temptations, Extra Extra, Philadelphia, PA

2012

Group Show, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Chinese Takeout, Art in General, New York, NY

2011

Total Recall, The Public Art Fund, MetroTech Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Collected, Cuchifritos, New York, NY

Unspecific Objects, Thierry Goldbery Projects, New York, NY

The Grand Century, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Dancing Feet, curated by Colby Bird & Tova Carlin, 179 Canal, New York, NY

2010

Heavier Than A Death In The Family, 25CPW, New York, NY

Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori, New York, NY

Autumn, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Magazine, Gambia Castle, Auckland, NZ

Reality Sandwiches, Artnews Projects, Berlin, DE

The Perfect Human, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

The Armory Show, for Socrates Sculpture Park. New York, NY

2009

Spaghetti Junction, 64zero3 Gallery, Christchurch, NZ

The New Academy, Lehman Art Center, North Andover, MA

Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

Summer Mixtape, Exit Art, New York, NY

Prescience, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition. Fisher-Landau Center, Queens, NY

Supernatural, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY

2008

2007 ARTSPACE Editions, ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ

Vanishing Point, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington, NZ

First Year MFA Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY

2007

HEADWAY, ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ

Western Way. Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2006

Objects of Desire II: Printed Artist Books and Objects, Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies: Columbia University, NY

2004

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Lovers

Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Kevin Appel, Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford, Tamar Halpern, Amy Howden-Chapman, Kate Newby, Peter Nicholls, Brie Ruais, Layla Rudneva-MacKay,David Scanavino and Gordon Walters

2010

Dance Sons and Daughters Dance!

The Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ, and Gambia Castle, Auckland, NZ

Leigh Ledare, Rashawn Griffin, Mads Lynnerup, Colby Bird and Wu Ingrid Tsang

2009

The Leisure Suite

Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Beth Campbell, Tim Davis, Friedrich Kurnath, Matt Keegan, Keren Cytter, Kate Gilmore, Michael Schmelling, Divya Mehra, Ben Turner

2008

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Hudson, Suzanne, “Martin Basher,” Artforum, October 2015.

Ghioni, Eloise, “A Guide to Benefits: Eloise Ghioni in dialogue with Martin Basher,” Fisk Frisk, July 10, 2015.

Horst, Aaron, “Martin Basher at Anat Ebgi,” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, June 23, 2015.

Amery, Mark, “Collectors Love,” Art Collector Australia, Jan-Mar 2015. P114-119

Hurrell, John, “Bleary Eyed Drive To Acquire,” Eyecontact, Feb 13, 2015

2015

Hurrell, John, “Basher as Curator,” Eyecontact, February 17, 2014.

2014

Hill, Kim, “Interview,” Radio New Zealand, October 30, 2013.

Hurell, John, “Consumerist Equivocation,” Eyecontact, February 19, 2013.

Macnamara, TJ, “A collection of sensations,” New Zealand Herald, February 16, 2013.

2013

Chen, Joshua, “Public Art in New York,” La Vie Magazine, Taiwan, April 2012

Eichblatt, Sam, “The Green Point,” Home Magazine New Zealand, March 2012.

2012

Miller, Sam, “A New Take on Take Out,” Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2011.

Johnson, Ken, “Shows and Openings,” New York Times, July 22, 2011.

2011

 

Sutton, Benjamin, “Recalling and Revisioning History in Downtown Brooklyn,” The L Magazine, November 24, 2010.

Shannon, Audrey, “Art as Alka-Seltzer,” Time Out New York, November 24, 2010.

Macnamara, TJ, “Tradition Revisited,” New Zealand Herald, November 21, 2010.

Hurrell, John, “Consumerism’s Tight Embrace,” Eyecontact.com, November 17, 2010

Vogel, Carol, “Futuristic Public Art,” The New York Times, October 14, 2010.

Eichblatt, Sam, “Commercial Imperatives,” Metro New Zealand, May 2010.

Rosenberg, Bonnie, “Unspecific Objects,” City Arts New York Review of Culture, April 20, 2010, Vol 2 Issue 7.

Akel, Joseph, Unspecific Specificities, Idiom Magazine, March 2010.

Delikan, Sharu, All Quiet on The Western Front, The Aucklander, 3 March 2010.

2010

Schaer, Cathrin, “Foreign Affairs: How New Zealand Artists Are Working Abroad and Going Global,” (Cover and main feature), The New Zealand Herald’s Weekend Magazine, July 25, 2009.

Hanfling, Edward, “Free Spirit No Interest,” Art New Zealand, No 131, Winter 2009.

Gardiner, Sue, with Basher, Martin, et al., “On the State of Painting Today,” ARTNEWS, New Zealand, Winter 2009.

Macnamara, T.J., “A Portrait Beyond Face Value,” The New Zealand Herald, March 28 2009.

Hurrell, John, “Tentacles of Capitalism,” Eyecontact, March 2009.

2009

“Recommended Viewing: Summer Mixtape at Exit Art,” Time Out Magazine, New York. August 28 –September 3 2008,

Fisher, Annie, “A Tale of Two Summer Art Openings,” The Village Voice, July 29, 2008.

Hurrell, John, “The Falling of Water and Light,” Eyecontact, April 2008.

2008

Ganderson, Adam, “Critic’s Pick: “Martin Basher at Inglett Gallery,” Artforum.com.

Shaw, Robyn, “Martin Basher: Blackwater,” New Zealand Moving Image and Performing Arts, Number 39 Winter 2007.

2007

Wood, Andrew Paul, “Interiors” New Zealand Listener, Vol 202, No 3433.

Farrar, Sarah, “Martin Basher’s ‘Blackwater’, The City Gallery, Wellington.

Howden-Chapman, Amy, “Headway New Artists Show 2006,” Catalogue. ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand. Online: www.artspace.org.nz

2006

Martin Basher

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Martin Basher, The Armory Show solo presentation, Installation view, 2017
Martin Basher, The Armory Show solo presentation, Installation view, 2017
Martin Basher, The Armory Show solo presentation, Installation view, 2017
Martin Basher
Untitled, 2017
Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, anodized aluminum frames
24 x 18 inches
Martin Basher
Untitled , 2017
Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, anodized aluminum frame
70 ¾ x 55 inches
Martin Basher
Untitled, 2017
Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, anodized aluminum frames
70 ¾ x 55 inches
Martin Basher
Untitled, 2016
Oil on canvas, various consumer objects
Dimensions variable
Martin Basher
A Guide to Benefits, Installation view, 2015
Martin Basher
A Guide to Benefits, Installation view, 2015
Martin Basher
A Guide to Benefits, Installation view, 2015
Martin Basher
A Guide to Benefits, Installation view, 2015
Martin Basher
Untitled (shaky hands), 2015
Oil and enamel on canvas, cardboard frame
12 x 15 inches
Martin Basher
Jizzy Velvet, Installation view at Starkwhite, Auckland, 2015
Martin Basher
On the Blue Shores of Silence, Installation view from Tracy Williams, New York, 2014
Martin Basher
Freedom Farmers, Installation view at Auckland Art Museum, Auckland, 2013
Martin Basher
Total Recall, Installation view of Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY, 2010

BIOGRAPHY

Martin Basher’s painting and sculptural work is situated in the lineage of display-based artistic practices. Working with the languages of retail and advertising, Basher explores the emotional charge of common objects and images. From his trademark paintings of gradated stripes and photo-real beaches to sculptural installations serving as displays for consumer goods, Basher activates spaces of sublimated psychological desire, at once familiar and strange for the altered retail scenarios they present. In these complex displays, Basher invokes unspoken drives, and the mundane and exclusive, the highbrow and lowbrow, and the public and private impulses that inform us as consuming individuals.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Armory Show, March 2 – 5, 2017

A Guide to Benefits, June 13 – July 25, 2015

 

CV

MARTIN BASHER

Born 1979, Wellington, New Zealand. Lives and works in New York, NY.

 

EDUCATION

MFA Columbia University, New York, NY

2008

BA in Fine Art Columbia University, New York, NY

2003

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

The Armory Show, with Anat Ebgi, New York, NY

2017

A Guide to Benefits, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

Jizzy Velvet, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2015

Peppermint Schnapps, City Gallery of Wellington, Wellington, NZ

2014

Untitled, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2013

Package and Handling, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, NY

Armory Show, with Starkwhite, New York, NY

2012

Paradise Salé, Rockefeller Apartments, New York, NY

2011

States of Peace and Calm w. Personal Touch and Easy Ordering, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

High Class Boner Meds/Paradise Sale, Lopdell House, Titirangi, NZ

2010

Free Spirit No Interest, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2009

The Spectacular Fall, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

2008

Martin Basher, Susan Inglett, New York, NY

2007

Blackwater, Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, NZ

Fine Dining, High Street Project, Christchurch, NZ

2006

 

SELECTED TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

2017

miart, with Anat Ebgi, Milan, IT

2016

Martin Basher, Henry Codax, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT

On The Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams Gallery, New York, NY

Duck Rabbit, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles. Cur. Jason Losh.

Display, curated by Barry Rosenberg, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Anomie, Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, Cortland, NY

2014

Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ. Cur. Natasha Conland

Sweatpanting, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Toi Aotearoa, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Strangers In A Strange Land, LMAK, New York, NY

Group Show, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Temptations, Extra Extra, Philadelphia, PA

2012

Group Show, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Chinese Takeout, Art in General, New York, NY

2011

Total Recall, The Public Art Fund, MetroTech Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Collected, Cuchifritos, New York, NY

Unspecific Objects, Thierry Goldbery Projects, New York, NY

The Grand Century, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Dancing Feet, curated by Colby Bird & Tova Carlin, 179 Canal, New York, NY

2010

Heavier Than A Death In The Family, 25CPW, New York, NY

Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori, New York, NY

Autumn, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Magazine, Gambia Castle, Auckland, NZ

Reality Sandwiches, Artnews Projects, Berlin, DE

The Perfect Human, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

The Armory Show, for Socrates Sculpture Park. New York, NY

2009

Spaghetti Junction, 64zero3 Gallery, Christchurch, NZ

The New Academy, Lehman Art Center, North Andover, MA

Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

Summer Mixtape, Exit Art, New York, NY

Prescience, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition. Fisher-Landau Center, Queens, NY

Supernatural, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY

2008

2007 ARTSPACE Editions, ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ

Vanishing Point, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington, NZ

First Year MFA Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY

2007

HEADWAY, ARTSPACE, Auckland, NZ

Western Way. Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2006

Objects of Desire II: Printed Artist Books and Objects, Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies: Columbia University, NY

2004

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Lovers

Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ

Kevin Appel, Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford, Tamar Halpern, Amy Howden-Chapman, Kate Newby, Peter Nicholls, Brie Ruais, Layla Rudneva-MacKay,David Scanavino and Gordon Walters

2010

Dance Sons and Daughters Dance!

The Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ, and Gambia Castle, Auckland, NZ

Leigh Ledare, Rashawn Griffin, Mads Lynnerup, Colby Bird and Wu Ingrid Tsang

2009

The Leisure Suite

Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Beth Campbell, Tim Davis, Friedrich Kurnath, Matt Keegan, Keren Cytter, Kate Gilmore, Michael Schmelling, Divya Mehra, Ben Turner

2008

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Hudson, Suzanne, “Martin Basher,” Artforum, October 2015.

Ghioni, Eloise, “A Guide to Benefits: Eloise Ghioni in dialogue with Martin Basher,” Fisk Frisk, July 10, 2015.

Horst, Aaron, “Martin Basher at Anat Ebgi,” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, June 23, 2015.

Amery, Mark, “Collectors Love,” Art Collector Australia, Jan-Mar 2015. P114-119

Hurrell, John, “Bleary Eyed Drive To Acquire,” Eyecontact, Feb 13, 2015

2015

Hurrell, John, “Basher as Curator,” Eyecontact, February 17, 2014.

2014

Hill, Kim, “Interview,” Radio New Zealand, October 30, 2013.

Hurell, John, “Consumerist Equivocation,” Eyecontact, February 19, 2013.

Macnamara, TJ, “A collection of sensations,” New Zealand Herald, February 16, 2013.

2013

Chen, Joshua, “Public Art in New York,” La Vie Magazine, Taiwan, April 2012

Eichblatt, Sam, “The Green Point,” Home Magazine New Zealand, March 2012.

2012

Miller, Sam, “A New Take on Take Out,” Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2011.

Johnson, Ken, “Shows and Openings,” New York Times, July 22, 2011.

2011

 

Sutton, Benjamin, “Recalling and Revisioning History in Downtown Brooklyn,” The L Magazine, November 24, 2010.

Shannon, Audrey, “Art as Alka-Seltzer,” Time Out New York, November 24, 2010.

Macnamara, TJ, “Tradition Revisited,” New Zealand Herald, November 21, 2010.

Hurrell, John, “Consumerism’s Tight Embrace,” Eyecontact.com, November 17, 2010

Vogel, Carol, “Futuristic Public Art,” The New York Times, October 14, 2010.

Eichblatt, Sam, “Commercial Imperatives,” Metro New Zealand, May 2010.

Rosenberg, Bonnie, “Unspecific Objects,” City Arts New York Review of Culture, April 20, 2010, Vol 2 Issue 7.

Akel, Joseph, Unspecific Specificities, Idiom Magazine, March 2010.

Delikan, Sharu, All Quiet on The Western Front, The Aucklander, 3 March 2010.

2010

Schaer, Cathrin, “Foreign Affairs: How New Zealand Artists Are Working Abroad and Going Global,” (Cover and main feature), The New Zealand Herald’s Weekend Magazine, July 25, 2009.

Hanfling, Edward, “Free Spirit No Interest,” Art New Zealand, No 131, Winter 2009.

Gardiner, Sue, with Basher, Martin, et al., “On the State of Painting Today,” ARTNEWS, New Zealand, Winter 2009.

Macnamara, T.J., “A Portrait Beyond Face Value,” The New Zealand Herald, March 28 2009.

Hurrell, John, “Tentacles of Capitalism,” Eyecontact, March 2009.

2009

“Recommended Viewing: Summer Mixtape at Exit Art,” Time Out Magazine, New York. August 28 –September 3 2008,

Fisher, Annie, “A Tale of Two Summer Art Openings,” The Village Voice, July 29, 2008.

Hurrell, John, “The Falling of Water and Light,” Eyecontact, April 2008.

2008

Ganderson, Adam, “Critic’s Pick: “Martin Basher at Inglett Gallery,” Artforum.com.

Shaw, Robyn, “Martin Basher: Blackwater,” New Zealand Moving Image and Performing Arts, Number 39 Winter 2007.

2007

Wood, Andrew Paul, “Interiors” New Zealand Listener, Vol 202, No 3433.

Farrar, Sarah, “Martin Basher’s ‘Blackwater’, The City Gallery, Wellington.

Howden-Chapman, Amy, “Headway New Artists Show 2006,” Catalogue. ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand. Online: www.artspace.org.nz

2006