View a 10 years survey of Petry’s work as a free ebook The Touch of The Oracle

Further information in the book section.

Smoke & Mirrors

This catalogue documents the 2 exhibitions (Bad Seed, and Touching the Neoclassical and the Romantic) Petry had as the first artist in residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum 2010/11

48 pages, full colour, hardcopy available for £5

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True Love

Petry’s Bare Back Lovers and Tie A Knot In It series which travelled to the Muzeum Mierdzi, Legnica, Poland, and the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston are documented at the initial siting at the Westbrook Gallery, London, 2006

20 pages, full colour, hardcopy available for £5

A New Love

Text by Eric Hormell, Editor, Bibliography of the History of Art Getty Research Institute documents his Bare Back Lovers series as well as the new Got Wood works at the Westbrook Gallery, London, 2007

20 pages, full colour, hardcopy available for £5

The Revenge of the Florist

Still life works in glass and flowers by Petry along with his Libation series, published for his show at the Westbrook Gallery, London, 2009

20 pages, full colour, hardcopy available for £5

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Sculpture and Touch

Essays by Francesca Bacci and Peter Dent documenting a conference and exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2009

24 pages, full colour, hardcopy available for £5

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Bad Restoration – New Works by Michael Petry

August 18 – September 22, 2012

Hiram Butler Gallery



“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” –Oscar Wilde

The new glass mirror pieces by Michael Petry are a development from his Artist in Residency last year at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Soane used mirrors and glass throughout his home in many ways to evoke different states of mind and feeling. The museum is also undergoing a huge restoration project, as are many such 18th century buildings and many historic paintings. The idea of a continual state of restoration is at the core of Petry’s new works and applies not only to the objects but the self of the viewer in these disrupted mirrors.

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Joshua D's Wall and Recent Works

October 26 – November 23, 2012

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Santa Fe

New Mexico    

This exhibition of glass sculptures includes a field of glass orbs entitled Joshua D’s Wall, the True Love Series, silver objects filled with clear glass, as well as knotted string compositions.  

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The Fabricated Object

November 29 2012 – January 18, 2013

Sumarria Lunn Gallery    

Building on Michael Petry's book, The Art of Not Making: the new artist/artisan relationship, this exhibition explores some of the different factors that motivate artists to use assistants or make outsourcing part of their practice today.

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Art of not Making

June 8 - August 25, 2013

Hå gamle prestegard    

An exhibition based on the Thames & Hudson book The Art of Not Making: the newartist/artisan relationship by Michael Petry.

Artists: Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Per Barclay, Guðrún Benónýsdóttir, Angela de la Cruz, Jens Erland, Carlos Noronha Feio, Joseph Havel, Mark Hampson, Denise Hawrysio, Mike Kelly, Liliane Lijn, Ole Alexander Lislerud, Michael Petry, Rebecca Scott , Meekyoung Shin, Haim Steinback, Gavin Turk, Jan Vercruysse, Richard Wilson

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GLAZENHUIS, Lommel, Belgium

From April to 14 September 2014,

UK Glass, an exhibition on contemporary art made in glass.

This selection contains small and medium-sized objects, wall works, paintings, photography, video, projections and a monumental

site-specific installation in the tower of the museum by Michael Petry.

Curator: Jeroen Maes

Participating artists: Sarah Blood, Katharine Coleman, Erin Dickson, Katharine Dowson, Fiaz Elson, Jerome Harrington, Shelley James, Peter Layton, Julia Malle, James Maskrey, Helen Maurer, Graham Muir, Keïko Mukaïdé, Michael Petry, Liam Reeves, Michael Ruh, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Louis Thompson, Andrea Walsh, Richard Wheater, Kathryn Wightman, Emma Woffenden, Jeff Zimmer

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Golden Rain

Michael Petry's Golden Rain has just been permanently installed at the Palm Springs Art Museum through the kind gift of Donna MacMillan.

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Joshua D’s Wall

August 4 – September 28, 2013

Hiram Butler Gallery

4520 Blossom Street

Houston, Texas, 77007

Exhibition Catalogue