Enrique Martínez Celaya


Enrique Martínez Celaya

Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010

Enrique Martínez Celaya
Introduction by Klaus Ottmann
Foreword by James B. Milliken

272 pages
79 illustrations


November 2010


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About the Book

This collection, spanning two decades of artistic activity, features selections of writings tracing the intellectual influences and development of one of the more formidable and productive minds in the contemporary art world. The writings of Enrique Martínez Celaya comprise public lectures; essays; interviews; correspondence with artists, critics, and scholars; artist statements; blog posts; and journal entries.
This selection of writings includes the six public lectures Martínez Celaya delivered during his three-year appointment as the second Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska. Marked by an encyclopedic curiosity and considerable knowledge about the world, these lectures explore the nature of photography and painting, the role of the artist as prophet, the relationship of art to the university and the museum, as well as reflections on his own work.
Enrique Martínez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990–2010 features seventy-nine photographs from Martínez Celaya’s collection; an introduction by Klaus Ottmann, who teaches art history at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is the Robert Lehman Curator for The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York; and a foreword by James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska.

Author Bio

Born in Cuba in 1964, Enrique Martínez Celaya majored in applied physics at Cornell University and pursued a PhD in quantum electronics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was supported by a fellowship from the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine and received his MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was an associate professor at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University (1994–2003) and was Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska (2007–10).
His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig and others. His awards include the Anderson Ranch National Artist Award, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art Here and Now Award and the Hirsch Grant. In 1998 he founded Whale and Star, a publishing house whose books are distributed internationally. He is the author of numerous books, including Martínez Celaya: Early Work, Nomad, and The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry.


"Martinez Celaya's writings and interviews need to be closely considered. I've read the book over the last couple of weeks and can't stop thinking about the issues and ideas he raises."—L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star

Table of Contents

Foreword by James B. Milliken

Introduction by Klaus Ottmann

Notes, 1990

Notes, 1991

Notes, 1992

Notes, 1993

A Manifesto, 1994

Notes, 1994

Notes, 1996

From an interview with Christopher Miles, 1997 

Notes, 1997

From an interview with M. A. Greenstein, 1998  

Notes, 1998

Berlin, 1998     

From a Conversation with Donald Baechler, 1999 

Notes to Anne Trueblood Brodzky, 1999    

From a Conversation with Amnon Yariv, 1999     

From an interview with Howard N. Fox, 1999     

Notes, 2   

Notes, 2001

Making and Meaning, 2001     

From a lecture at the Orange County Museum of Art, 2001    

Notes, 2002

From a letter to Daniel A. Siedell, 2002 

From an interview with L. Kent Wolgamott, 2003 

From Twelve Thoughts on the October Cycle, 2003

Letter of Resignation, 2003  

From a Letter to Lisa Tamiris Becker, 2003     

From a Conversation with Roald Hoffmann, 2003  

Schneebett, 2004 

Notes, 2004

Letter to Leon Golub, 2004   

From an interview with Richard Whittaker, 2004 

From a lecture at the Berliner Philharmonie, 2004    

Notes, 2005

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, 2005     

From "Currency for the Knowledge Economy," The Fuzzy Boundary: Science and Art, 2005     

Shaping Language, 2006 

Notes, 2006

Introductions to Projects, 2006    

Photography as Grief, 2007   

The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry, 2007

      Sunday, August 26. Adorno as Cliché

      Saturday, September 1. The Road    

      Wednesday, September 5. The end is important in all things (II)  

      Thursday, September 6. Criticism and Imitation 

      Saturday, September 8. A New Body of Work

      Wednesday, September 12. In Favor of Speaking Up     

      Sunday, September 16. Complexity and Tidy Packages   

      Thursday, September 27. Reflections on a Return

      Tuesday, December 4. Tall Words    

A Personal Note on Art and Compassion, 2007    

Notes, 2007

From Considering Painting and Meaning, 2007    

Boy Raising His Arm, 2007    

The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry, 2008

      Thursday, February 7. Santa Monica Studio

      Tuesday, February 12. Soul Searching     

      Monday, March 17. A Witty Age

      Thursday, May 13. Being Cuban

Thursday, June 12. On Looking at the Work Done 

Wednesday, July 16. The Hand 

Tuesday, October 14. Unreasonable Pursuits: Moby-Dick

Tuesday, October 21. A Sentimental Education   

Tuesday, December 2. Radical Doubting    

Tuesday, November 11, 2008; Wednesday, December 17, 2008; Tuesday, December 23, 2008; Friday, January 9, 2009. Painting and Structure

Art and Museums, 2008  

From an interview with Gillian Serisier, 2008  

Systems, Time, and Daybreak, 2008  

From an interview with Greg McComb, 2008 

From an interview with Prue Gibson, 2009 

The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry, 2009

      Friday, January 23; Friday, January 30. Failure

      Tuesday, February 3. Meltingly sweet, in autumn

      Thursday, February 5. Innocent Fraud     

      Tuesday, April 28. You and the Kindle    

Tuesday, May 12; Wednesday, May 13. Get Rid of Your Excuse 

Art and the University, 2009 

Notes, 2009

The Prophet, 2009

On Painting, 2010


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