Michael Craig-Martin is one of the most influential Britsh artists of recent decades. He was a key figure for the YBA generation of artists, whom he taught in his capacity as tutor at Goldsmiths College of Art. In his recent series, Alphabet, he has produced 26 screen-prints in which the letters of the alphabet are overlaid with everyday objects such as a book, a glass of water or an umbrella.
Created in his signature style, these visually arresting images are set against a background of vivid monochrome colours. In this series Craig-Martin plays with the idea of the ABC childrens' primer. Instead of a direct 'A is for Apple', 'B is for Ball', the relationship between the letter and the image depicted is not instantly obvious and requires some guess work.
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