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Martin Creed


The Vinyl Factory / Telephone Records / MCA Chicago

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Martin Creed's 'Chicago', Work No. 1370, is a limited edition of 200 hand-painted record sleeves containing four new songs on heavyweight vinyl recorded by the Turner Prize winner and his band as part of a year-long residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

Each cover features a unique Watercolour artwork by Martin Creed, hand-painted at MCA Chicago earlier this year. The four new songs were recorded all-analogue at John McEntire's (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) unique Soma Studios. Engineered by Bill Skibbe (Franz Ferdinand, The Kills, The Fiery Furnaces) and produced by Andy Knowles (The Nice Nice Boys) 'Chicago' features support singers Dee Alexander and Yvonne Gage, who've worked with The Police, Madonna and R.Kelly.

Work No. 1370 will be released in celebration of the US premiere of Martin Creed's first ballet, taking place at MCA Chicago on 15 November 2012. For this performance, Creed plays lead guitar with his London-based band, joined by phenomenal dancers from the original Sadler Wells production. Creed’s challenge - to compose a work using only the five core positions of classical ballet, each paired with a musical note - creates the conditions for a beguiling collision of rules and spontaneity.

Creed’s work has been exhibited widely at a variety of international venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Pompidou–Metz, France; Tate Modern, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Limited Edition details:
* Work No. 1370, 2012
* Hand Painted Cover Artwork in Watercolour by Martin Creed
* Four new tracks pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl
* Hand-written label artwork
* Created in collaboration with MCA Chicago 
* Limited edition of 200, hand signed and numbered by the artist

This Side
If You're Lonely (2.56)
You Return (3.58)

Other Side
The New Shutters (3.54)
Don't Tell Me (2.24)

Words and music by Martin Creed, except 'The New Shutters': Traditional; arranged by Martin Creed. Performed by Martin Creed, Andy Knowles, Dee Alexander and Yvonne Gage. Produced by Andy Knowles (The Nice Nice Boys). Recorded at Soma Studios as part of a year-long residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Engineered by Bill Skibee.

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In works that range from intimate poetic objects to large-scale neon signs, Martin Creed (British, b. 1968) reevaluates the status of art with a generous sense of humor.

As part of a year-long residency at MCA Chicago, Creed brings his avant-garde sensibility to the building and the city. In each month of 2012, Creed unveils an artwork in a different space of the MCA, progressing upward through four floors of the building and extending his work outward to the sculpture garden and plaza and into the city of Chicago.

Some works live as sculptures in the museum’s public spaces, and some projects are site specific—for instance, murals in the atrium and café. Others still, such as a work that takes the form of crumpled balls of paper placed in each of the museum’s public spaces, play with the notion of the carefully curated object. Extending his project beyond the MCA, Creed—who fronts a rock band—explores the city’s vibrant music scene as well.

The artist’s work and projects enliven the museum and the city and involve visitors in unexpected ways. As objects are presented throughout the building and city over the course of the year, Creed also gives several performances, building toward the US premiere of his first ballet, presented in the MCA’s theater in the fall of 2012.

Martin Creed Plays Chicago connects this renowned artist to the MCA and the city of Chicago in ways that are as multifaceted as his practice.