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Daniel Joseph Martinez: PCC Artist in Residence 2011

The following bibliography provides sources relating to the artist Daniel Joseph Martinez, best known for the “political” and “racial” aspects of his works. Two of his most known pieces are “Divine Violence” shown at the Whitney Museum and an exhibit he organized in which buttons were passed out reading “I Can’t Imagine Ever Wanting to be White.” A nationally known artist, Martinez is originally from Los Angeles.  He is Pasadena City College’s Artist-in-Residence for Spring 2011.

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To access the articles below you can click on the words 'Full text' or 'Abstract' to link directly to each article within the given databases. Off campus access to Library subscription databases is available to PCC Students, Staff and Faculty with a current PCC Network ID and Password (PIN). Public Patrons may access these databases from public computer stations located inside the library building.

  • Als, Hilton. "The Shadow Act." New Yorker 8 Oct. 2007: 70-79. ProQuest. (Full Text).

    This article discusses one woman’s journey as she develops as an artist and a designer. In struggling with issues of race and cultural prejudice she references one of Martinez’s art pieces entitled “I can’t imagine ever wanting to be white.”

  • Dabkowski, Colin.  "CEPA displays the profound, provocative 'Art of  War'. " McClatchy - Tribune Business News  27 June 2010.  ProQuest.  (Full Text)

    This article summarizes an art show called “The Art of War” that opened at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and discusses Martinez's piece displayed at the Whitney.

  • Heartney, Eleanor. "Talking Politics 2008." Art in America 96.6 (2008): 162. ProQuest. (Full text)

    Martinez is one of six artists interviewed who are known for the political content of their work. He discusses how art has changed in that you can no longer ask the same questions once asked about art. People have “lost the memory of the purpose of art,” he says.

  • Martinez, Daniel Joseph, and David Levi Strauss. "After the End: A Modest Proposal." Art Journal 64.2 (2005): 52-60. ProQuest. (Full text PDF)

    A discussion between the artist and writer/critic David Levi Strauss, providing a glimpse of Martinez’s political views that are so often portrayed in his artwork. They discuss the 2004 presidential election and the reasons why, they believe, the democrats did not win.

  • Schjeldahl, Peter. "No Offense." The New Yorker 8 Mar. 2010: 80. ProQuest. (Full text)

    Describes the artwork shown at the Whitney Biennial in 2010. The author also discusses the changes in political art or as he calls it “protest art.” He specifically mentions Martinez’s exhibit which took place during the “Clintonian nineties.”

  • Vogel, Carol.  "Company's Fortunes Change, And the Whitney Benefits :[Movies, Performing Arts/Weekend Desk]. " New York Times  6  Feb. 2009, Late Edition (East Coast): ProQuest. (Full text)

    Discusses the first Martinez work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection, “Divine Violence.”


  • Martinez, Daniel Joseph. Daniel Joseph Martinez : A Life of Disobedience : In the Age of Apocalyptic Despair and Utopian Hope. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009.
    Location: Temporarily shelved at Instructor Reserves under "Artist in Residence" (Circulation Desk). NX512.M37 M37 2009

    Covers the artist's life and artwork, and includes essays with in-depth critiques of Martinez’s art up until 2008.

  • Vicario, Gilbert. The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Disaster Triumphant : Daniel Joseph Martinez : United States Pavilion, 10th International Cairo Biennale 2006 / Gilbert Vicario. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2006.
    Location: Temporarily shelved at Instructor Reserves under "Artist in Residence" (Circulation Desk).
    NX512.M37 V53 2006 

    A catalogue of Daniel Joseph Martinez’s works as the U.S. representative at the 2006 Cairo Biennial. His artwork in this show uses mutation and schizophrenia to force people to look deeper into ideals of beauty as well as politics.

Compiled by: M. Sherman.   Edited by D. Haley.   3/2011