Gabriel Martinez (b. 1967), ‘All Power to the People’, 2019, Mixed Media, Sanded denim on linocut, mounted on wood panel, Washington Project for the Arts Benefit Auction
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All Power to the People, 2019

Sanded denim on linocut, mounted on wood panel
24 × 18 × 1 1/2 in
61 × 45.7 × 3.8 cm
.
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Washington Project for the Arts Benefit Auction

"My artistic endeavors often explore issues facing LGBTQ+ communities, both young and older. …

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Gabriel Martinez (b. 1967)
Cuban-American, b. 1967
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Gabriel Martinez deploys sly sexual provocation in his exploration of queer identity politics and the eroticized male body, primarily through photography and performance. In his words, he makes work that elicits the “strange reaction from the [viewers] when they realize they’re in a situation where they’re forced to be a voyeur.” His “Self-Portraits by Heterosexual Men” (2007), for example, presents a series photographs of men’s feet at the height of self-induced sexual pleasure. The performance piece Body and Steel (1993) was even more explicit: the audience was contained in a room with 15 exercising men wearing only jockstraps. Martinez has garnered comparisons to Vanessa Beecroft, to which he responded by parodying her work in A Slice of Heaven (1997)—a piece that featured bored-looking young men in leopard-print underwear lounging around the gallery space.

Gabriel Martinez (b. 1967), ‘All Power to the People’, 2019, Mixed Media, Sanded denim on linocut, mounted on wood panel, Washington Project for the Arts Benefit Auction
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"My artistic endeavors often explore issues facing LGBTQ+ communities, both young and older. Lately, I find myself positioned in the middle, both as a mid-career artist and as a Queer LatinX individual," writes Gabriel Martinez. I liken my current role as an artist to that of an inter-generational mediator. …

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Gabriel Martinez (b. 1967)
Cuban-American, b. 1967
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Gabriel Martinez deploys sly sexual provocation in his exploration of queer identity politics and the eroticized male body, primarily through photography and performance. In his words, he makes work that elicits the “strange reaction from the [viewers] when they realize they’re in a situation where they’re forced to be a voyeur.” His “Self-Portraits by Heterosexual Men” (2007), for example, presents a series photographs of men’s feet at the height of self-induced sexual pleasure. The performance piece Body and Steel (1993) was even more explicit: the audience was contained in a room with 15 exercising men wearing only jockstraps. Martinez has garnered comparisons to Vanessa Beecroft, to which he responded by parodying her work in A Slice of Heaven (1997)—a piece that featured bored-looking young men in leopard-print underwear lounging around the gallery space.

All Power to the People, 2019

Sanded denim on linocut, mounted on wood panel
24 × 18 × 1 1/2 in
61 × 45.7 × 3.8 cm
.
Bidding closed
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