Museu Berardo
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
Fundação Berardo

Copyright estate of the artist
 Martin, Kenneth (1905 - 1984)

Chance and Order 8, 1971

Oil on canvas;
152.4 x 152.4 cm

UID 102-360


British painter and sculptor, Martin studied at the Sheffield School of Art (1921-23; 1927-29) and at the Royal College of Art in London (1929-32). His first works were essentially figurative but his true recognition as an artist came through a series of Abstract paintings in 1948-49. Between 1951 and 1967, he concentrated on renewing the tradition of moveable constructions by Aleksandr Rodchenko and Alexander Calder. His own constructions, at times static, at others moving naturally or mechanically, were more exacts and methodical than those previous examples. After the death of his wife in 1969, Martin focused exclusively on painting, beginning a series called Chance and Order, which he worked on over fifteen years. Martin had a central role in the process or renewing the Constructivist tradition in painting and sculpture and was a considerably influential figure in the development of the work of the later generation of British Constructivists. His important contribution to post war British art was acknowledged through the awarding of various prizes and honourable mentions.


Kenneth Martin
Tate - Britain, United Kingdom
14-05-1975 ~ 29-06-1975

The Granada Collection
Whitworth Art Gallery, United Kingdom
15-01-1983 ~ 26-02-1983

Grande Escala - Colecção Berardo
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
09-10-2004 ~ 18-03-2005

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Kenneth Martin (New Haven)
The Yale Center for British Art, USA
18-04-1979 ~ 17-06-1979

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003


Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Kenneth Martin, 1979
Published by The Yale Centre for British Art

Kenneth Martin, 1975
Published by Tate Gallery

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Granada Collection, 1983
Published by Withword Art Gallery

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