13 Playful and Delightfully Disgusting Instagram Photos of Martin Creed’s New Show

The balloons are blowing up on social media.

An Instagram from Martin Creed's Park Avenue Armory Show. Courtesy of caitlinburkenyc.


As you might expect, Martin Creed‘s balloon-filled new show at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, which opened June 8, is already blowing up on Instagram.

But, unlike the artist’s 2015 balloon-filled exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, “Martin Creed: The Back Door” does not consist of merely a room full of cheerful red balloons. The retrospective exhibition, which has already been hailed at “New York’s Grossest Art Show,” covers a much larger swath of the British artist’s career, including less savory video works featuring people defecating or vomiting all over the floor of an empty white room.

Scatalogical works certainly have a place in the art world, but it will be interesting to see how the social media set reconciles such envelope-pushing, Freudian videos with the more accessible, selfie-ready balloon installation.

The exhibition, which is the British artist’s biggest to date in the US, features the Turner Prize-winning Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off, an aptly-named work in which the lights in the room switch on and off at regular intervals. (As Creed informed an audience at the New School last year, “I’ve always liked switching lights on and off.”)

In a similar vein, the new work Shutters Opening and Closing (2016) consists of a garage door facing Lexington Avenue opening for brief intervals, revealing the passing traffic outside. As far as photo-op moments go, however, the balloons will be hard to top.

In addition to the Park Avenue Armory show, Creed’s roving band will be performing at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on June 14, to promote his forthcoming album, “Thoughts Lined Up.”

See a few early social media moments of the exhibition below.





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