Martin Kersels

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Martin Kersels
Born 1960
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Performance art/Sculpture
Awards John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008/Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship,2008/Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, 1999.

Martin Kersels is an American contemporary artist born in 1960 in Los Angeles. Kersels' work is often installation based and incorporates sculpture, photography and video.

In 1999 Kersels and author/artist Leslie Dick were jointly selected "to run the arts program" at CalArts at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).[1] Kersels served as co-director of the CalArts Program in Art until he moved to the Yale School of Art, where in 2012 he became an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture.[2]

Recent exhibitions[edit]





  • Heavyweight Champion, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga, USA


  • Tumble Room/Deitch Projects, Art Unlimited, Art 37 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Charms in a Throne Room, ACME., Los Angeles, USA


  • Orchestra for Idiots, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France


  • Wishing Well, ACME, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Illuminous, Guido Costa Project, Turin, Italy.


  • Fat Man, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France
  • Bracelet, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Martin Kersels, Showette / John Sonsini Recent Paintings, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


  1. ^ "Two New Directors Join CalArts' Staff", Los Angeles Daily News, September 17, 1999  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ Martin Kersels at Yale School of Art (accessed 2014-10-17).

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