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Martin McMurray: Disputed Episodes


Martin McMurray: Disputed Episodes October 5 - December 1, 2012 Gallery 16 is thrilled to welcome artist Martin McMurray back to the gallery for his second solo exhibition. Disputed Episodes represents the largest survey of McMurray’s idiosyncratic paintings and handpainted books to date. The Detroit native has developed an international following for his work that is often likened to Jim Nutt, Jockum Nordstrom, H.C. Westermann and Philip Guston. McMurray is a painter whose modestly sized works are charged with emotional human drama. The narrative scenarios in his work frequently deal with the history and tragedy of human mistakes. His work is charged with the complexity of lifes daily routines, rituals and anxieties. He often paints a single scenario in a serialized trio of paintings each offering a slight variation on the related narrative. These serialized suites offer a commentary on the chance and fragility of our possible futures. The artist will also present a large group of nearly 100 paintings that take the form of imaginary books, fashioned out of wood and painted in a tromp l’oeil manner. These dense, unyielding objects force the viewer to concoct our own potential storyline, offering us only the title and author’s image on the back of each book. McMurray’s work has been featured in Historical Consciousness: the 2006 California Biennale at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. He has had other solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Jeff Bailey Gallery NY, and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, The Netherlands. He is a recipient of a 2009 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. McMurray lives and works in Berkeley, California.


Scallywags & Mountebank (The Society of Inflatable Moonbeams and Day-Old Calamities) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 48” $3,600

A Painting Of A Painting By Charles Deas Titled: The Devil And Tom Walker, 1838 2012 acrylic on wood 17” x 21” $2,800


Marquette 2007 acrylic on wood 24” x 18” $3,200


Verse (The First Sister Part One) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 17.75” $3,200


Wyandotte 2007 acrylic on wood 24” x 18” $3,200


Dearborn 2007 acrylic on wood 24” x 18” $3,200


Southfield 2007 acrylic on wood 24” x 17.75” $3,200


Verse (The First Sister Part Two) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 17.75” $3,200


Verse (The First Sister Part Three) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 17.75” $3,200


Stronghold (Theoretical) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 30” $3,600


Stagecraft 1023 2009 acrylic on wood 11.75” x 9.75” $1,800


Pedestrian (Wills Horton) 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200 middle: Thrill Seeker (Sensible) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Pedestrian (Jake & Jane) 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


top: Inflatable Moonbeams 2010 acrylic on wood 11.75” x 15” $2,500 bottom: Histrionics (Day Old) 2010 acrylic on wood 11.75” x 15” $2,500


A Lament 2008 acrylic on wood 16” x 20” $2,800


A Petition 2008 acrylic on wood 16” x 20” $2,800


Superintendent (Benign) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200

Thespian H.F.L. 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200

Thespian M.N.I. No.1 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200

Thespian H.U.O. No.2 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Reenactment: December 29, 1978 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" $3,400


Reenactment: July 22 1969 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" $3,400


Reenactment: April 21, 1972 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" $3,400


Reenactment: December 11, 1991 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" SOLD


Dialogue: An Overture 2008 acrylic on wood 16 x 20" $2,800


Reenactment: November 13,1989 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" $3,400


Reenactment: June 21, 1991 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75 x 23.75" $3,400


Dialogue: A Platitude 2008 acrylic on wood 16” x 20” $2,800


Reenactment: June 12, 1987 2008 acrylic on wood 19.75� x 23.75" $3,400


Submerged Verse Anthology book installation acrylic on wood 8.25� x various widths $1,500 each


Submerged Verse Anthology Collection $1,500 each left: 108(CV11) Gunther Prien : A Leathery Ambition Tucked Into A Pair Of Wool Belted Swim Trunks $1,500


Reenactor (Seaman) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 18” $3,200 Reenactor (Infantryman) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 18” $3,200


Float (PT-109) 2012 acrylic on wood 24” x 36” $3,600


Rumination 2007 acrylic on wood 8.5” x 11.5” each $1,800 each


Detroit 2008 acrylic on wood 29.75” x 23.75” $3,600


left: Scenario 04070902 (Computer Workers Collaborating, Part Two) 2009 acrylic on wood 15” x 11.75” $2,500 right: Scenario 04070903 (Computer Workers Collaborating/Embracing, Part Three) 2009 acrylic on wood 15” x 11.75” $2,500


175 works on paper, installation view various sizes 11.5” x 8.75” $1,250 11.5” x 15” $1,500


Thespian Disoriented 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200

Thespian D.U.P. 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Thespian M.I.D. 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Pedestrian Press 2012 acrylic on wood, 17” x 11” x 4” $2,750 each


Shirtless Regional Street Theater 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Know Your Lines Act Your Part 2011 acrylic on wood 24” x 15.75” $3,200


Trophy/Monument 17 2011 $1,250 left: Trophy/ Monument 2011 numbers 1-40 gouache on paper 11� x 17� $1,250 each


All images courtesy of Gallery 16, San Francisco Used by Permission. All rights reserved. Copyright Š2012 Gallery 16 and Martin McMurray

Martin McMurray: Disputed Episodes  

Disputed Episodes is the catalog of a large survey of Martin McMurray's idiosyncratic paintings presented at Gallery 16 in San Francisco fro...

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