C.E.M. exhibit, video

From Mike Lynch’s blog comes word of an exhibit of C.E.M.’s ( Charles E. Martin) work at the Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine.  The exhibit is up and running through July 30, 2011.

From Greenhut’s press release:

Nationally acclaimed cartoonist, artist, illustrator and author, Charles E. Martin (C.E.M.) is often recognized as one of The New Yorker magazine’s foremost cover artists.  Besides appearing on roughly 200 New Yorker covers between 1938 and 1985, he produced over 600 cartoons for the magazine.  His work was also published in Time, Life, Harper’s, This Week, The Saturday Evening Post, the Saturday Review, Punch and Esquire magazines.

Martin summered on Monhegan Island from 1954 through 1995 where he had a studio. He moved to Maine from New York City in 1987 and lived in Portland until his death in June of 1995.

Greenhut Galleries will be displaying original paintings by Charles Martin as well as original NEW YORKER covers.   Self-taught, Martin worked confidently in a wide variety of styles.  His most characteristic work was composed with a classical sense of balance, executed in a decorative manner using a muted and sometimes ethereal palette.  His covers and cartoons were notable for their gentle humor though occasionally his strong social conscience revealed itself.

Exhibitors of his work include the Rockland Foundation, Ruth White Gallery, Barbara Nichols Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Susquehanna University and the Portland Museum of Art in 1990.
Permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress and Syracuse University.


Here’s a link to an eleven minute video on C.E.M.