Untitled #6

Museum purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Agnes Martin, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2015
Agnes Martin, Tate Modern, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Summer Selections 2016, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Spring Selections, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
2015
Winter Selections in Modernism, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
2015
Black Sun, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2008
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art, University of North Carolina, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, United States
2008
Síntesis, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
1996
Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections From the Whitney Museum of American Art, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece