July 2, 2015
Fine Art Connoisseur: Deceits That Delight by Max Gillies
Marble sculpture, Yours, Mine & Ours featured in and article about troupe l’oeil.
July 1, 2016
Alaskan Airlines Magazine: Skilled Artisans
Sebastian Martorana straddles the line between art and craft, utility and beauty. At age 21 he apprenticed with a company outside of in Washington, D.C., as an undergraduate student, under the lead of Tim Johnston. In addition to learning to carve, he polished stone, made granite counter tops, benches and bathtub surrounds . . . read more [see page 73].
Oct. 7, 2015
America’s Best Craftsmen From Anthony Bourdain
The event promoted “Raw Craft,” The Balvenie’s online video series where Bourdain travels America to meet artisans. Once a rebellious whistleblower leading a veritable coup on mainstream food media, Bourdain toured the exquisite crafts displays . . . read more.
June 18, 2015
Captain Marble: An Interview with Sculptor Sebastian Martorana with Photo Essay by Justin Tsucalas, BmoreArt It’s rare to find a contemporary sculptor skilled in the ancient craft of carving marble. It’s even more rare to find one in Baltimore . . . read more.
May 18, 2015
Living Marble: A Contemporary- Historical Collaboration at the Walters, BmoreArt
The Walters Art Museum is widely known as a house of rare objects of antiquity, but not a place for contemporary art . . .read more.
April 11, 2015
New exhibit at Walters Art Museum showcases the statues of Maryland artist William Rinehart, The Baltimore Sun At a first look and even at a second, you’d swear it was magic. Those three white towels . . . read more.
June 30, 2014
Salvaged Marble, Ingenuity Brighten East Baltimore Midway, Baltimore Fishbowl
When vacant rowhomes are demolished or redeveloped, marble steps are usually lost and forgotten. . . read more.
June 29, 2014
Marble steps reused as gathering place, The Baltimore Sun
Alice Johnson noticed the checker boards that recently popped up behind her house, a neat brick rowhouse in the Barclay neighborhood of Baltimore. . . read more.
April 25, 2014
Sondheim Interviews: Sebastian Martorana, Baltimore Arts
This is the eighteenth in a series of interviews with each of the Sondheim Award Semifinalists. . . read more.
Crafting a Seat at History’s Table, The Baltimore Sun
White marble has stood as a Baltimore icon for decades, primarily as rowhouse steps, the preferred gathering place for residents in many neighborhoods. . . read more.
American Craft Magazine
Future Tense: 40 Under 40. The Renwick showcases artists whose formative years were shaped by 21st-century fears – but whose work conveys hope and resolve . . . read more.
August 3, 2012
Washington City Paper
Every two years, the Renwick Gallery mounts an invitational exhibition of craft and decorative arts, yet 40 years after the museum’s founding, it still has its work cut out for it: “Craft,” for better or worse, can still be a pejorative term in fine art circles. This year’s invitational, “40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” shows that shouldn’t be, and isn’t always, the case: If anything unifies this exhibition of contemporary approaches to craft, it’s how uncrafty much of it feels . . . read more.
August 1, 2012
New York Times
In 1972, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum was created as a home for arts, crafts and design. Four decades later, the gallery is celebrating the evolution and happy confusion of those disciplines in a show of the work of 40 artists born in the last 40 years . . . read more.
July 23, 2012
Craft is no longer a dirty word in the art world. Historically lauded for manual skill over artistic vision, craft has played the role of stepchild to fine art, perpetually placed in a lower category than the contemporary creations featured in top museums and galleries. But, a younger generation of artists is redefining the field. That’s the subtext of “40 under 40: Craft Futures,” the new exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum . . . read more.
July 20, 2012
Baltimore sculptor aims to rescue marble steps: Sebastian Martorana, who tried to rescue city’s iconic marble steps, chosen for Washington exhibit. Sebastian Martorana is a stoop storyteller in the finest tradition of Baltimore’s stoop storytellers. The sculptor, a transplant to the city who recognized immediately the cultural meaning of rowhouse marble steps, tells the story of trying to rescue many of those steps from demolition . . . read more.
July 18, 2012
The Dundalk Eagle
Think back to the 4th of July holiday a few weeks ago. How did you celebrate? Sure, there was a parade, fireworks and patriotic displays, but there were also the Coke brand sodas, the Esskay hot dogs, the Old Navy flag shirts. Branding is a well-ingrained part of American culture. Most holidays bring with them the expectation that we will pack ourselves into crowded malls to pick out the perfect mass-manufactured token of affection for every loved one . . . read more.
May 16, 2012
For local artisan Sebastian Martorana, more than 80 hours of intricate carving came to the final test Tuesday morning, as final preparations were being made for the installation of the new archbishop of Baltimore. Martorana, who had chiseled the coat of arms for new prelate William E. Lori into a century-old piece of pear wood, approached the altar at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen with trepidation. The towering chair, seat of authority, or cathedra, was to his left . . . read more.
November 11, 2011
New York University
NYU Steinhardt’s 80WSE Galleries has announced its second exhibition of the season will be an invitational exhibition of seven artists chosen by the staff of 80WSE. The exhibition curators—Peter Campus, Michael Cohen, Edward Holland, and Hugh O’Rourke—have chosen a diverse group of artists in ages as well as stylistic media. The artists are: Paul Carney, Max Gimblett, Sebastian Martorana, Matt Quinn, Viktoria Sorochinski, Dan Torop, and Ivette Zighelboim. . . read more.
The (e)merge art fair celebrates galleries, artists, and the creative process with an an energetic environment of collaboration and discovery. . . read more.
July 29, 2011
Washington City Paper
“Tribute2,” the farewell show for Irvine Contemporary’s 14th Street NW location, features the work of 10 artists, but each of them pales in comparison to the insanely clever sculptures of Sebastian Martorana. . . read more.
August 25, 2011
Irvine Contemporary wraps up five years at its 14th Street NW location with a “Grand Finale Block Party” this Saturday night. On June 1 the gallery announced it was closing, citing rising rents and economic conditions. The party starts at 6 pm in the gallery space at 1412 14th NW and into the back alley area — DJ and music sessions with Yoko K and Will Eastman. . . read more.
March 23, 2011
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has chosen the artists who will appear in “40 under 40: Craft Futures,” its major upcoming look at contemporary crafts. . . read more.
January 21, 2010
Washington City Paper
In a city that immortalizes our country’s most meaningful historical moments in stone, here is a show that elevates the banal into monuments of exquisitely carved marble. Banal to us, that is. The beautiful, trompe l’oeil statues of everyday items by Sebastian Martorana must be stand-ins for great moments in the artist’s life—or at least, that’s what the show’s title,“Uncommissioned Memorials,” invites us to imagine. . . read more.