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b. 1979, New Zealand

Martin Basher Biography

Martin Basher graduated MFA (2008) from Columbia University, New York and currently teaches in Columbia University's graduate painting program. Since graduation he has exhibited widely in New Zealand and internationally. In 2012 he staged Minimal Consumption/Refective Sublime at the Armory New York. In 2011 he completed a major outdoor sculpture commission, Aspirational Sunset Art, for the prestigious Public Art Fund, New York and in 2010 was the recipient of the McCahon Residency in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Martin Basher’s multi media practice combines both high- and low-end consumer products, fabricated structures, and immaculate geometric abstract paintings. Blending together ideas of retail display, advertising and Modernism, Basher’s work questions the environmental and social implications of consumption in our times. 

Recent group shows include: Chinese Takeout, Art in General, NY (2011); Collected, Cuchifritos, NY, curated by Felicity Hogan (2010); Unspecifed Objects, Thierry Goldberry Projects, NY (2010); Dancing Feet, 179 Canal, NY, curated by Colby Bird and Tova Carlin (2010); Heavier Than A Death In The Family, 25CPW, NY, curated by Per Bilgrn and Shannon Smith (2009); Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori, NY, curated by Eun Young Choi (2009); Autumn, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University (2010); and Reality Sandwiches, Artnews projects, Berlin, curated by Margherita Belaief (2009). Curatorial projects include: Dance Sons and Daughters Dance! An exhibition of emergent American positions in video art, Physics Room Christchurch, NZ (2009); and The Leisure Suite: Images of Domestic Malaise and Redemption, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY (2008).

His work is featured in several notable collections including The Agnes Gund Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chartwell Collection (Auckland), James Wallace Collection (Auckland), Dunedin Public Art Gallery (New Zealand), and Columbia University (New York).

Martin Basher Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2020 Oil, UV ink, and acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2020 Oil, UV ink, and acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Anat Ebgi Enquire about this work
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2019 Oil, UV ink, and acrylic on canvas, diptych
144.78 x 210.82 cm
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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2018 Oil on canvas, artist frame
200 x 150 cm
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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2019 Oil on canvas and aluminium stand
145 x 110 cm
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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2019 Oil on canvas and aluminium stand
145 x 110 cm
Starkwhite Enquire about this work
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled, 2019 Oil on canvas and aluminium stand
145 x 110 cm
Starkwhite Enquire about this work
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin Basher Untitled Collage, oil on tape on corrugated card
101 x 75 cm
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Martin Basher Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Staycation… at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles
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7 April–30 May 2020 Group Exhibition Staycation… Anat Ebgi
Contemporary art exhibition, Martin Basher, Untitled at Starkwhite, Auckland
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24 January–2 February 2019 Martin Basher Untitled Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sampler at Starkwhite, Auckland
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17 April–12 May 2018 Group Exhibition Sampler Starkwhite, Auckland

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'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery Ocula Report 'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, Auckland

Occupying the lion’s share of exhibition space at the Auckland Art Gallery, Freedom Farmers is said to be the museum’s largest survey of contemporary art in the last twenty-five years. Curated by the gallery’s own Natasha Conland, the exhibition looks at how the utopian energy of the 1970s is being artistically deployed in...

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Natasha Conland Ocula Conversation Natasha Conland By Laura Thomson, Auckland

Natasha Conland is Curator, Contemporary Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. She has curated numerous exhibitions including A Puppet A Pauper A Pirate A Poet A Pawn & A King: From the Naomi Milgrom Art Collection (2013); Made Active: The Chartwell Show (2012); the 4th Auckland Triennial,  Last Ride in a Hot Air...

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