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  • Provenance

    The Elkon Gallery, New York
    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 2002, lot 175
    Acquired at the above by sale by the late owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "When I first made a grid I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees and then this grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, this is my vision." Agnes Martin

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Howard Karshan

Ο129

Untitled

signed and dated "a martin '65" on the reverse
graphite on paper
image 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (21.6 x 19.1 cm.)
sheet 11 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (30.2 x 23.8 cm.)

Executed in 1965, this work will be included in an upcoming Catalogue Raisonné to be published digitally by Artifex Press.

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $62,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018