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Martin horowitz

"That is the right and the left of it all. Now you're talking about art. If that statement that I've made and put out in the public eye can be seen in so many different lights, then indeed, I have won as an artist,"

- Martin Cary Horowitz

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Martin standing in his New Mexico establishment.

 

Santa Fe–based artist Martin Cary Horowitz was born in 1949 in Long Island, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His early specialty was the application of gold leaf, specifically via the Renaissance technique of water gilding. As a Master Frameworker, Horowitz’s book An Introduction to Water Gildersbecame the bible for gilders internationally. Bringing this technique to his art practice, along with an affinity for 1960s Minimalism, Horowitz created a unique body of work centered on gilded sculptures and wall pieces.

Grenade, perhaps his best-known piece, was installed one week before the 2004 US presidential election in front of Linda Durham Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several feet high and fully covered in gold leaf, Grenade was meant in many ways as an anti-war statement. The sculpture was vandalized several times, but nevertheless was exhibited around the country, including at Chicago’s Art in the Park show and the Hot Springs Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona.

 

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Sheets Series II

2012

23k gold on glass

24 x 80 x 7 inches

61 x 203.2 x 17.8 cm

Up until his death in 2020, Horowitz continued to make both Minimalistic works and sculptures. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in New York, Santa Fe, Wyoming, Memphis, and Scottsdale. His latest works focus on a series of large-scale gilded relief pieces in the shape of concave disks, at times evocative of ancient bronze age shields while alluding to Byzantine goldwork. These mesmerizing circular forms with reflective surfaces that orchestrate refracted and absorbed light from varying angles were most recently featured in a two-person exhibition at Yares Art, New York, in 2017.

Selected Works

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Blue Windows

2012

Palladium on blue glass

49 x 59 x 1 inches

124.5 x 149.9 x 2.5 cm

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Circle Series IV

2012

Palladium on glass

36 x 36 inches

91.4 x 91.4 cm

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Bronze Disc III

2014

23k on bronze

28 x 28 x 3 inches

71.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 cm

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Tension 2

2015

Acrylic with 23 kt red gold on canvas

40 x 84 inches

101.6 x 213.4cm

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Circle Series I

2017

Pure palladium on bronze

48 x 48 x 8 inches

121.9 x 121.9 x 20.3cm

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Circle series II

2017

23.6k on gold 

48 x 48 x 8 inches

121.9 x 121.9 x 20.3cm

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Burial series 223k on bronze with patina

2020

48 x 18 x 2.5 inches

121.9 x 45.7 x 6.4cm

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Blue Windows

2012

Palladium on blue glass

49 x 59 x 1 inches

124.5 x 149.9 x 2.5 cm

Circle Series IV

2012

Palladium on glass

36 x 36 inches

91.4 x 91.4 cm

Bronze Disc III

2014

23k on bronze

28 x 28 x 3 inches

71.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 cm

Tension 2

2015

Acrylic with 23 kt red gold on canvas

40 x 84 inches

101.6 x 213.4cm

Circle Series I

2017

Pure palladium on bronze

48 x 48 x 8 inches

121.9 x 121.9 x 20.3cm

Circle series II

2017

23.6k on gold 

48 x 48 x 8 inches

121.9 x 121.9 x 20.3cm

Burial series 223k on bronze with patina

2020

48 x 18 x 2.5 inches

121.9 x 45.7 x 6.4cm

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