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Mark Newport
Mark Newport A-Man
Mark Newport Y-Man
Mark Newport Batman #8
Mark Newport Batman 712
Batman #712
Mark Newport Sweaterman 8
Mark Newport Spiritman 4
Mark Newport Spiritman 3

Mark Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Newport’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His work has been recognized with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council. Inspired by the the heroes, toys, and action figures of his youth, Newport challenges “The Hero” ideals by hand knitting replica costumes as well as the suits of heroes of his own invention. These costumes combine their heroic, protective, ultramasculine, yet vulnerable personas with the protective gestures of his mother – hand knit sweaters meant to keep a child safe and warm. The costumes are life-size wearable objects that hang limply on hangers, deflating the standard muscular form of the hero and offering the space for someone to imagine themselves wearing the costume, becoming the hero. The doll-like figures that accompany these costumes raise the relationship between childhood play and adulthood, between toy and figurative sculpture, and between how our ideals about the body clash with the real and the possible. His work offers narratives of the popular personal hero through a contemporary textile outlet.


Mark Newport


1991 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1986 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Selected Exhibitions

2014   Select New York, Duane Reed Gallery      
           Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012   Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2011   Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, WY
2010   Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
           Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009   Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
           Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2008   The Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Fine Arts Center, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2007   Housing Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2006   Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art & Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
           Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
           Here Gallery, Bristol, UK
2005   LyonsWier Gallery NYC, New York, NY
           Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
           Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2004   Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
           Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000   Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999   Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV
1998   Lyons - Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Collections

        The Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hill, MI
        The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
        Fundacion Coleccion Jumex, Mexico
        Microsoft Corporation
        Nowhere Ltd., Japan
        Progressive Insurance Company
        The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
        Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
        The Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan, NY


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