Merlin Carpenter

British, b. 1967

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Merlin Carpenter

British, b. 1967

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Merlin Carpenter explores the consumerism, fetishism, and elitism of the art world through stunt-like conceptual exhibitions. In his ongoing "The Opening" series, Carpenter signs blank canvases before each show's preview, producing the paintings only during the opening (generally resulting in black-on-white slurs against banks or collectors). He has also turned gallerists into studio assistants or had a collector reproduce 20 copies of an abstract painting. In the 2011 show “Heroes,” Carpenter's figurative paintings were accessible only to those who paid €5,000. For the general public, they could be seen as reproductions on a deck of cards.

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Merlin Carpenter explores the consumerism, fetishism, and elitism of the art world through stunt-like conceptual exhibitions. In his ongoing "The Opening" series, Carpenter signs blank canvases before each show's preview, producing the paintings only during the opening (generally resulting in black-on-white slurs against banks or collectors). He has also turned gallerists into studio assistants or had a collector reproduce 20 copies of an abstract painting. In the 2011 show “Heroes,” Carpenter's figurative paintings were accessible only to those who paid €5,000. For the general public, they could be seen as reproductions on a deck of cards.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more