Agnes Martin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    PaceWildenstein, New York
    Collection of Ed. Cohen and Victoria Shaw (acquired from the above in 1996)
    Sotheby’s, New York, May 17, 2018, lot 129
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, PaceWildenstein, Agnes Martin New Drawings and Watercolors, March 28–April 27, 1996

  • Literature

    Tiffany Bell, ed., Agnes Martin: Catalogue Raisonné: Works on Paper, New York, 2019–ongoing, no. 1995.052 WP, online (illustrated)

  • 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 an Important Private American Collection



signed and dated “a. martin ‘95” lower right
watercolor, graphite and ink on paper
image 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm)
sheet 11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm)

Executed in 1995.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $176,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022