Given her background as a press photographer for Vanity Fair, Vogue, and other publications, New York-based photographer Jessica Craig-Martin is granted access to an otherwise inaccessible world of socialites, models, actors, and other elite individuals. Piquing the viewer’s voyeuristic tendencies, Craig-Martin presents skillfully cropped and angled photographs of glittering individuals shot at various society parties, charity fundraisers, art exhibitions, and other invite-only soirees. In contrast to all of the champagne, glamorous gowns, sequins, silk, designer duds, and opulent baubles on the individuals that inhabit her work, Craig-Martin’s photographs present moments of flawed beauty and stark reality – a human vulnerability in the otherwise unapproachable privileged world. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the New Museum, the Progressive Corporation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
1963 Hanover, New Hampshire
1996-97 International Center of Photography, New York
1995-96 Parsons The New School for Design, New York
1982-84 New York University, New York
2014 Answered Prayers, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2012 Standard Excess, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland
2009 Privilege, Galerie 64bis, Paris, France
2007 American Summer, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Christian Dam Galleries, Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
2001 P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy
Dorothée de Pauw Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2000 Gallery Fiction Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Colette, Paris, France
1999 Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK
White Columns, White Room, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Best Dressed/Undressed, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2011 Being American, Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
The Art of Wit, Paddle8, New York, NY
Exhibition A, Colette, Paris, France
2010 Re-Dressing (Family & Friends), Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY
Secrets, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
Younger Than I’ll Be, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Pull My Daisy, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
Art, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany
2009 Select Contemporary Photography from the Collection of Lucille and Richard Spagnuolo, Georgetown University Art Galleries, Washington DC, USA
Slough, David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Weird Beauty, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
From The Archives: 40 Years/40 Projects – an exhibition celebrating the forty year history of White Columns and 112 Greene Street / 112 Workshop Inc., White Columns, New York, NY
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Tate Modern, London, UK
2008 Watermill: A Photographic Survey of an Artistic Community, The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
2006 In Praise of New York, President‘s Clubhouse for The US Open, Flushing, USA
Survivor, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY
Welcome to the Limelight, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2005 The Mom Show, Rivington Arms, New York, NY
Gorgeous Isn’t Good Enough, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome; Milan, Italy
Summer Sessions, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis, MO
NYC BLING-BLING, Cinema a Luci Rosse, Modena, Italy
2004 Face-Off, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
PREMAculTURE, Hydra High School, Hydra, Greece
North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Black & White, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Super You, Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Excess, Palm Beach Institute, Miami, FL
Voyeur, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Bootleg Identity, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Art Downtown: New Photography, Wall Street Rising, New York, NY
2001 In Progress, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Art Transplant, British Consulate General’s Residence, New York, NY
I am a Camera, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
The Privileged Eye, The Apartment, Athens, Greece
2000 Party Pictures: From Studio 54 to Cannes
2000, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg
Van Doren Fine Art, New York, NY
Superpredators, CRP Gallery, New York, NY
The City, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
Innuendo, Dee Glasoe, New York, NY
Sentimental Education, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Psycho, Anne Faggionato, London, UK
1997 Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Upchurch, Michael, “Twisted takes on summer wear at Winston Wächter,” The Seattle Times, July 26.
“Being American” Visual Arts Gallery, New York 2011.
“New York: A Photographer’s City.” Rizzoli, New York 2011.
“Jessica Craig-Martin: Privilege.” Images En Manoeuvres Editions, Marseille 2009.
Sokol, Brett, “High-Heeled Hedonists at the Wolfsonian.” Ocean Drive, January, 2008.
Baker, R.C., “Best in Show: Recommendations by R.C. Baker” The Village Voice, 18, September 2007.
Cohen, David, “Peeking In on the Social Set.” The New York Sun, 6, September
Cohen, David, “Art Starts on September 6.” The New York Sun, 31, July 2007.
Holman, Bob, “Bob Holman on Jessica Craig-Martin.”Bomb, No. 99, Spring, 2007.
Schoeneman, Deborah, “Art Survivor.” New York Magazine, 24, March 2006.
“North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now.” The Parrish Art Museum, New York, 2004.
Cotter, Holland, “Art in Review; ‘Face Off’.” The New York Times, 26, November 2004.
Kerr, Sarah, “People Are Talking About This Side of Paradise.” Vogue, USA, June 2004.
“Exit 5: ¡Esto es una fiesta! This is a party!” Olivares & Asociados S.L., Madrid, 2002,
“Jessica Craig-Martin: Los elementos del estilo.” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2002.
Atasoy, Sithara, “Jessica Craig-Martin: Die Society-Fotografin.” Bolero, August, 2002.
“Art Transplant: British Artists in New York.” British Consulate General’s Residence, New York 2001
“I am a Camera.” The Saatchi Gallery, London 2001
Schwendener, Martha, “P.S.1: Jessica Craig-Martin.” Time-Out New York, 29, November 2001.
“Party Pictures: From Studio 54 to Cannes 2000.” Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York, 2001.
Curto, Guido, “Maze Gallery: Jessica Craig-Martin.” Flash Art, August/September 2001.
O’Brien, Glenn, “Re-make/re-model.” Frieze, Issue 60, June/August 2001.
Goldberg, Vicki, “Reality and Its Discontents in a Photographic Age.” The New York Times, 1, April 2001.
Kornbluth, Elena, “Triple Exposure: Three photographers in focus.” Elle Décor, February/March 2001.
Jones, Jonathan, “The Beautiful and the Damned.” The Guardian, 13, January 2001.
Smith, Roberta, “Party Pictures: From Studio 54 to Cannes 2000.” The New York Times, 29, December 2000.
Blecher, Ian, “Photographer Jessica Craig-Martin Is High Society’s Cockeyed Optimist.” The New York Observer, 15, November 2000.
Canal, Mario, “Cazando Imágenes.” Vogue Spain, September 2000.
Cotter, Holland, “Sentimental Education.” The New York Times, 14, July 2000.
Hayt, Elisabeth, “The Artist Is a Glamour Puss.” The New York Times, 18, April 1999.
Lucas, Michael, “Jessica Craig-Martin.” Artforum, September 1997.
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The New Museum, New York, NY
The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield, OH
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY