Katy Martin


KATY MARTIN is visual artist whose work combines painting, photography and performance.   She also makes film and video. She shows at Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, and her films are distributed by Light Cone, Paris.

Recent solo exhibitions include Alexander/Heath Contemporary in Virginia; Anthology Film Archives, Saint Peter’s Church and Drawer 158 in New York; and B1 Live Art Space in Shanghai. Her work has also been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, PPOW Gallery, The Clemente, The Painting Center, Tribeca Film Festival and BAM (New York); The Sackler Museum (Boston); GalerieForum Am Meer (Berlin); Green Dog Arts (Belfast, N. Ireland); The Shanghai Duolun Museum (Shanghai) and the Art Museum of Shanghai University.

Since 2012, Katy has been collaborating with three Paris artists as The Meeting Point Project. Exhibitions include Galerie Double S in Paris and the Beijing Audiovisual Center in China.

In 2008, through Artists Exchange International, Katy was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a new work based on an object in their collection.  She chose Fish and Rocks by the Chinese painter, Bada Shanren, and she’s been influenced by his art ever since.

Katy is also a writer and curator.  Between 2005-2010, she curated American film/video in China (at MoCA Shanghai) and Chinese media art in the US (at Thomas Erben Gallery and Anthology Film Archives).

Around 1980, she spent a few years making two films about Jasper Johns and the silkscreen print process.  The films have shown in museums around the world and the soundtrack interview has been published several times.

In 1974, she wrote an analysis of the puns in Marcel Duchamp's film, Anémic-Cinéma.  Her essay appeared in Studio International (London) and has been extensively quoted and discussed in the literature on Duchamp.

Awards include a film preservation by Anthology Film Archives and grants from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.