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Enrique Martínez Celaya | USC Fisher Museum of Art

Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Faithful, 2019. Oil and wax on canvas. 150 × 116 inches.

"USC Fisher Museum of Art presents Enrique Martínez Celaya, SEA SKY LAND: towards a map of everything. SEA SKY LAND brings together approximately 30 large-format paintings and sculptures created by the artist between 2005 and 2020. While Martínez Celaya has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide over the last two decades, this is the first time the arc of his practice will be revealed in a Southern California museum since 2001.

Martínez Celaya’s philosophical and poetic probing in writings plays an integral part in his artistic practice. Together these works suggest a map of sorts, and this artistic, poetic, and intellectual mapping reveals a territory shaped by self, time, memory, meaning, myth, ideations of home, and the world as it is. Each of the three galleries at the Fisher Museum will present the artist’s writings alongside paintings and sculptures dedicated to one of three motifs—sea, sky, and land.

SEA SKY LAND: towards a map of everything is organized by curator Susan M. Anderson. The exhibition is accompanied by a 192-page publication produced and published by Hatje Cantz Verlag in Berlin and will be distributed internationally. The catalog includes contributions by Selma Holo, Director of USC Fisher Museum of Art from 1981 to 2021; Alexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University; Elizabeth Prelinger, Keyser Family Professor of Art History, Georgetown University; Ed Schad, Curator and Publications Manager, The Broad; and Susan M. Anderson, Independent Curator and Art Historian; with poetry by Mark Irwin, Professor in the Department of English, University of Southern California; and David St. John, Chair of the Department of English, University of Southern California."

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