Leonard Tourné Gallery presents “The Situation Is Catastrophic But Not Serious,” a one-night solo exhibition by New York-based artist Alfredo Martinez.
A Brooklyn native, Martinez gained notoriety in 2002 when he was sentenced to three years in prison for forging drawings by Jean-Michele Basquiat. Upon his release, he moved to China, where he spent three years working on his signature body of work—detailed drawings and sculptures of weaponry.
Martinez’s time abroad was cut short when he was again arrested, this time for researching the inner workings of a portable nuclear launcher, known as a Davy Crocket, for one of his sculptures. He was deported from China in 2010 after a three-week detainment by secret police.
Martinez’s work has been shown in exhibitions around the globe, including in New York, Beijing, and Tokyo, and is featured in the MoMa collection.
“The Situation Is Catastrophic But Not Serious,” taking place on Thursday, December 15 from 6-8pm, will highlight a new series of Martinez’s drawings of guns and bombs, created on collages of hand-made paper.
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