Enrique Martínez Celaya

Schermer Meeting Hall
Please call Mary Graham at 970/923-3181 to reserve your seat.

Presented by Ann & Tom Korologos

Date: Jun 30

Time(s): 12:30 PM

For the inaugural Chairman’s Choice Presentation at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Enrique Martínez Celaya will talk about his work over the past 25 years closely following the structure of the new monograph on his work, Enrique Martínez Celaya: Works and Documents 1990-2015, published by Radius Books in May.

The talk begins with the work Martínez Celaya made while he was still a physics graduate student and comes to the present, including the current exhibition, Self and Land, at the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen and the monumental sculpture, The Landmark, which is installed at Anderson Ranch for the summer. In addition to showing images of completed work and exhibitions, the presentation will also include rare photographs and notes from the studio archive as well as documentation of destroyed work. This is an extraordinary opportunity to listen to the artist, who usually focuses on a project or a topic, speak about his entire body of work and to ask him questions. A book signing of the new monograph will follow the lecture.

Enrique Martínez Celaya

Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist and author who was also trained as a physicist. His work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. He is the founder of Whale & Star Press and the author of books in philosophy, poetry, and art, as well as scientific papers and patents. Martínez Celaya is the Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College.

Martínez Celaya has created projects and exhibitions for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, among others, as well as for institutions outside of the art world, including the Freedom Tower in Miami, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, St. Mary’s Church in Limerick, Ireland, and the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., among others.

Martínez Celaya studied Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University and received his Master’s in Quantum Electronics from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued a Doctorate degree as a Regents Fellow before abandoning physics for art. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and earned a Master of Fine Arts with the department’s highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Martínez Celaya taught as a tenured professor in the faculty of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University and was honored as the second Presidential Professor in the history of the University of Nebraska. Martínez Celaya was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and was the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University. He has received the Knight Foundation Grant, the National Artist Award from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Young Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a Brookhaven National Laboratory fellowship to study at Berkeley.

Martínez Celaya’s upcoming projects include a survey of his recent work at the CAB Art Center in Brussels, and exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Galleri Andersson/Sandström in Stockholm, and Galerie Judin in Berlin.


Enrique Martínez Celaya. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Enrique Martínez Celaya. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.