Agnes Martin, ‘Untitled #3’, 1974, Tate Modern

About Agnes Martin

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.”

Canadian-American, 1912-2004, Macklin, Canada, based in New York, New York

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Group Shows

2008
University of North Carolina, Ackland Art Museum, 
Chapel Hill, NC, United States,
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art
2008
Madrid, Spain,
Síntesis
1996
Alexandros Soutzos Museum, 
Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece,
Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections From the Whitney Museum of American Art
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