Martin Boyce: When Now is Night
This is the first solo exhibition at an American museum by Scottish artist Martin Boyce, whose sculptural works and installations explore the legacy of modernist art, architecture, and design’s impact on contemporary culture and social dynamics—as well as its reinterpretation of natural forms. Boyce has established himself as one of the foremost figures in contemporary art during the past two decades, receiving the prestigious Turner Prize in 2011 and representing Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
This survey exhibition presents work drawn from throughout Boyce’s career, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated book of scholarly essays and previously unpublished plans, drawings, sketches, and source materials—providing unprecedented insight into the artist’s working process.
Lead support for Martin Boyce: When Now is Night is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the RISD Museum Associates, Erica and Vin Di Bona, Paula and Leonard Granoff, Margot and George Greig, Karen Hammond and Michael Quattromani, Jill and Peter Kraus, Judy and Robert Mann, the Henry Moore Foundation, Carol Nulman, and Lisa Roumell and Mark Rosenthal.
With special thanks to Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow; and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.
This is the first solo exhibition in an American museum of the work of Glasgow-based artist Martin Boyce (Scottish, b.1967.) A survey of sculpture, installations, and photographs from throughout the artist’s career, When Now is Night demonstrates how Boyce reinterprets or transforms iconic examples of 20th-century design and everyday phenomena to explore the psychological, social, and emotional dynamics of our relationships to the objects and buildings that surround us.
Boyce is internationally recognized for his thoughtful, restrained reflections on the contemporary experience of modern art, architecture, and design. He was awarded Britain’s coveted Turner Prize in 2011 and represented Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and since the late 1990s his work has been exhibited in numerous solo museum presentations and group exhibitions.
The exhibition is accompanied by Martin Boyce: When Now is Night, a fully illustrated catalog co-published by Princeton Architectural Press and the RISD Museum, featuring texts by the artist; Dominic Molon, exhibition curator and Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum; critic and curator Russell Ferguson; and British artist John Stezaker.