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Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer, where a work of art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from its inception. With a meditative process defined by an uninhibited flow, her compositions embody her internal state and the impermanence of the world around her. Exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity, and play, Martin is a cultural facilitator, forging new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy, and technology.

 

In addition to prestigious solo shows at some of the most renowned art institutions including the 92Y Gallery in New York City, the iconic Albright Knox Gallery, and the MoCADA Museum, Martin has carved a path for herself that is as much intellectual as a producer and visual artist. During her two year tenure as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, Martin collaborated with the social computing group to use drawing as a medium to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces.

At the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Martin created a large-scale wall installation and worked with the Institute’s research group to explore how visual and computerized storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.

 

A fashion and design icon in her own right, Martin has collaborated with iconic brands such as Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co., and in 2018, Puma launched a global capsule collection featuring her drawings. Martin has collaborated with legendary artists such as Pulitzer Prize-winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar and acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. In late 2018, she was asked to collaborate with the prestigious New York City Ballet, where she created large scale drawings in the performance hall and foyer of the Lincoln Center for the company’s celebrated Art Series. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program), where she works with her students to push the boundaries of storytelling, visual art, and technology.

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The relationship between an artist and collector should be just that... a relationship. If you are interested in purchasing original artworks please check out the shop and if you are interested in commissioning original artwork, she would like to get to know YOU a little better through a series of questions that will ensure the work she creates goes to great people that will love and value it. Please feel free to email Sales@ShantellMartin.com for any other shop-related questions. For NFT's please visit Foundation and Opensea.

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Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

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Artist Shantell Martin & the Whitney Museum Shop collaborate on series of first ever’s.

New York
2021

Shantell Martin has collaborated with the Whitney Museum Shop to create LINE by SHANTELL MARTIN, a collection of unique objects by various makers and available exclusively from the Whitney Shop in-store and online. Martin’s signature visual style uses bold, improvisational lines to draw connections between identity and belonging, expectations and experiences, and the artist and audience. Lines connect, define and communicate, both literally and figuratively, and with LINE by SHANTELL MARTIN, the artist has created new products that explore lines in unexpected ways. Martin’s incisive voice and style come together and invite audiences into her vision. This collaboration marks the first time that the Whitney Shop has invited an artist to develop and select products around a specific theme.

 

The shop’s ground-floor glass-enclosed space welcomes visitors to the Museum with an over 15-foot-wide and 10-foot-tall hand-painted rendering of Martin’s newly created designs to frame not only the array of exclusive products but the sun setting over the Hudson River.

“This has been an incredible journey with the Whitney Shop. I’ve always been obsessed with exploring the line between art and product and getting an opportunity to dive deeper into this has been really inspiring,” said MartinProducts included in the LINE by SHANTELL MARTIN collection include a custom-scented Nomad Noé fragrance candle that invites the owner to celebrate their own drawing; a limited edition poster featuring “Kindness Is A Better Way Forward” line drawing; a series of editions by Martin crafted by Brooklyn based Lite Brite Neon Studio; t-shirts by EVERYBODY.WORLD with a newly created print by Martin; a black and white cotton blanket with the artist’s signature “Who Are You, You Are You” phrase on both sides; and “Lines I Like,” a postcard book featuring works from the Whitney’s collection chosen by Martin, among other products.

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“A line is not only a basic building block of art but also represents our connection to each other. Now more than ever, lines can divide people, but they also work as a lifeline to bring us together,” remarked Lauri London Freedman, Head of Product Development for the Whitney Shop. “An overarching message of connection and kindness runs through each of Martin’s drawings and phrases, and her ideas are graphicly woven together by a bold use of strong lines. 

The ever-present motif of faces also creates a sense of community within our new-not-normal. This is highlighted with her all-gender and a roomy single-sized T-shirt featuring Always With Me.”

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