Agnes Martin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Robert Elkon Gallery, New York
    Marianne Kern, Munich
    Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Munich, Kunstraum München, Agnes Martin, November 20 - December 22, 1973, no. 17, p. 29 (illustrated)
    Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein; Kassel, Kasseler Kunstverein; Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vom Zeichnen: Aspekte der Zeichnung 1960-1985, November 19, 1985 - April 27, 1986

  • 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 and dated "a. martin 1966" on the reverse of the backing board
ink and pencil on paper
image 8 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (22.2 x 22.5 cm.)
sheet 11 7/8 x 12 in. (30.2 x 30.5 cm.)

Executed in 1966, this work will be included in an upcoming Catalogue Raisonné to be published digitally by Artifex Press.

$10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $43,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017