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Inhale (Yellow)

© Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A crowded, polychromatic canvas featuring a large pastel pink lightbulb in the centre, a blue globe without mapping detail, a metronome, an oversized pencil sharpener, a plastic chair, an ice cube tray, a cassette tape, an empty green filing cabinet, and in the background a step ladder and a dark aquamarine drawer extracted from a cabinet. Each object is changed in some way; certain objects are magnified, some are scaled down, and the saccharine colours and pastel shades are in some cases an unlikely colour for the object depicted. Each object is represented as unused; for example, the filing cabinet and the drawer stand empty. Each coloured area has a dark outline around it, and no areas of identical colour conjoin. This work was part of the installation 'Inhale/Exhale' by Michael Craig-Martin marking the opening of the new gallery space at Manchester Gallery in 2002.

Manchester Art Gallery



Inhale (Yellow)




acrylic on canvas


H 243.8 x W 182 cm

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purchased from the Gagosian Gallery, 2003

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