After eight years of operating with gallery space in Washington, DC, Irvine Contemporary closed in August 2011. Martin Irvine will continue to curate exhibitions and work with artists, collectors, and art professionals throughout the region, nationally, and internationally.
Owner, Director & Curator
Dr. Martin Irvine has a multidisciplinary
background and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been
a professor at Georgetown University for over 20 years, and is the
Founding Director of the graduate program in Communication,
Culture, and Technology (CCT) at Georgetown, where he now teaches graduate
seminars on contemporary media and visual culture. (His seminars and lectures are publicly available on his university website.) He has an extensive
background in art and cultural history and the economics of the art market. Before founding Irvine
Contemporary, he had been an art collector for 25
years, and he has served on several museum and community boards.
Since beginning Irvine Contemporary in 2003, Martin has curated over 50 exhibitions and has written curatorial and catalog essays on many of the today's leading artists. His client list is extensive, including collectors and institutions in the US and internationally. He takes a special interest in helping young and beginning collectors understand the value of the art of our own time and enjoying the benefits of a life-long passion for art.
Martin is also a scholar of art, music, and contemporary culture, and is a lively lecturer on these topics. He is currently writing a book and several articles on the contemporary artworld and the importance of hybrid art and street art (sample chapter available). Contact him for advice or assistance in building your personal collection or curating exhibitions.