- Sir Michael Craig-Martin born 1941
- Screenprint on paper
- Image: 760 × 600 mm
- Presented by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012
This work is part of a portfolio of twelve prints by British artists that was commissioned by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The contributing artists were Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread. Creed, Hamilton, Hodgkin, Ofili, Riley and Whiteread were invited to create images for the Olympic Games while Banner, Craig-Martin, Emin, Hume, Morris and Smith created images for the Paralympic Games. The portfolio was produced in an edition of 150.
Michael Craig-Martin combines everyday objects such as light bulbs, chairs, and umbrellas with everyday words. His pairing of language and image is based on both familiar and unexpected associations. For his print, Craig-Martin superimposed the word ‘GO’ in large red capital letters over a simplified image of a stopwatch. In combining these two symbols of competitive sport, he conveys with a sense of immediacy the excitement and anticipation experienced in the moments before the starter pistol is fired, and the roar of the crowd as they encourage their favourite Paralympian towards the finish line.
Julia Beaumont-Jones, A Century of Prints in Britain, London 2017, pp.33–4, reproduced p.223.
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.