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Agnes Martin

Untitled, circa 1995

Acrylic and graphite on canvas
12 × 12 in
30.5 × 30.5 cm
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From the Catalogue: “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is …

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From the Catalogue: “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is just not in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life.” - Agnes Martin

Painted over a quarter century after Agnes Martin’s move to Taos, New Mexico, Untitled, circa 1995, is a classic example of the …

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Agnes Martin
Canadian-American, 1912–2004
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Agnes Martin built her oeuvre around the search for sublime beauty and serenity, following her belief that “art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Her fine-lined grids, bands, and square blocks of pale, lightly applied color fused the emotional resonance of Abstract Expressionism with the spare purity of Minimalism. Martin’s mastery of line and grid was a great source of inspiration to artists like Eva Hesse and Ellen Gallagher, and her work is often discussed alongside Sol LeWitt’s famed wall drawings. The square is integral to Martin’s work, both as the shape of her canvases and as an enduring motif, influenced by the Taoist pursuit of balance and harmony. “My paintings are not about what is seen,” she said. “They are about what is known forever in the mind.”

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From the Catalogue: “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is …

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From the Catalogue: “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is just not in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life.” - Agnes Martin

Painted over a quarter century after Agnes Martin’s move to Taos, New Mexico, Untitled, circa 1995, is a classic example of the …

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Agnes Martin
Canadian-American, 1912–2004
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Agnes Martin built her oeuvre around the search for sublime beauty and serenity, following her belief that “art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Her fine-lined grids, bands, and square blocks of pale, lightly applied color fused the emotional resonance of Abstract Expressionism with the spare purity of Minimalism. Martin’s mastery of line and grid was a great source of inspiration to artists like Eva Hesse and Ellen Gallagher, and her work is often discussed alongside Sol LeWitt’s famed wall drawings. The square is integral to Martin’s work, both as the shape of her canvases and as an enduring motif, influenced by the Taoist pursuit of balance and harmony. “My paintings are not about what is seen,” she said. “They are about what is known forever in the mind.”

Agnes Martin

Untitled, circa 1995

Acrylic and graphite on canvas
12 × 12 in
30.5 × 30.5 cm
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