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  • Provenance

    The Elkon Gallery, Inc., New York
    PaceWildenstein, New York
    Private Collection, Switzerland
    Peter Blum, New York
    Private Collection, New York
    Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2007)
    Christie’s, London, February 14, 2013, lot 173
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Drawing Center; Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 3 x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing by Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin, March 19, 2005 – March 26, 2006
    New York, Vivian Horan Fine Art, Minimalism: On and Off Paper, September 28 – November 17, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Agnes Martin
    Born 1912, Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Died 2004, Taos, New Mexico

    1941 BS Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
    1952 MA Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions: Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2016); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2016); Tate Modern, London (2015); Aspen Art Museum (2014); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2009); Dia Art Foundation, New York (2004); Whitney Museum of American Art (1993); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1991); Hayward Gallery, London (1977); Contemporary Art at the University of Philadelphia (1973); Museum of Modern Art (1973)
    Selected honors: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2005); National Medal of Arts (1998); Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (1997)
    Selected public collections: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Institute of Chicago; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Agnes Martin’s serene abstractions have inspired generations of artists. The present untitled work dates from early in Martin’s career, as she was beginning to adopt a restrained geometric vocabulary of inscribed lines and grids. With its repetition of regularly spaced forms and subtle variations of application, this work reveals aspects of the origins of her exploration of meditative space to which she would dedicate her practice.

  • Artist Biography

    Agnes Martin

    American • 1912 - 2004

    Known for her deeply soothing and intricately ordered abstractions, painter Agnes Martin developed an artform that was deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism, American Transcendentalism, and the placid complexity of the landscape. Martin produced a body of work distinguished by its use of orderly grids and calm lines executed in a soothing and organic palette. While she has been associated with both the Abstract Expressionists and the Minimalists, Martin’s painting evades classification; she charted new terrain that existed outside of the traditional conventions of the painterly avant-garde, producing a novel artform that envelops the viewer in its soothing totality, creating an effect much like the entrancement produced by the relentless sound of crashing waves.

    Martin’s work is intimately tied to place and pattern. Throughout her career, she worked between the arid deserts of Taos, New Mexico and the concrete canyons of Lower Manhattan. The work Martin produced in each place reflects the material experiences of localized being, tempered by manifestations of the artist’s lifelong habits of meditation and her adherence to Buddhist and Transcendentalist teachings. Martin’s work was widely celebrated during her lifetime, as she was represented by the prestigious Betty Parsons Gallery, but it has experienced in recent years a renaissance of public opinion with recent retrospectives at Tate, London in 2015 and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2016.

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signed “a. martin” on the reverse
pencil and ink on etching proof
13 1/8 x 13 in. (33.3 x 33 cm.)
Executed circa 1960.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019