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Discover Untitled (Sunglasses), 2021
One of the leading exponents of British conceptual art, Michael Craig-Martin has probed the relationship between object, representation and language for more than four decades. He began by incorporating readymades into sculpture and rose to prominence in the early 1970s for such provocative works as An Oak Tree (1973), which consists of a glass of water on a glass ledge accompanied by a text written by him asserting that the glass of water is, in fact, an oak tree.
In the 1990s he turned to painting and developed his signature style of bold outlines demarcating flat planes of intensely vibrant colours. Despite this radical shift in approach, he continues to depict common place objects such as furniture, trainers, headphones and vegetables. The present work depicting a pair of purple sunglasses with a zingy green frame against a block blue background is once such brilliant example.