Agnes Martin - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Plates 4 (49/50); 6 (a.p.); 12 (a.p.); 19 (a.p.); 20 (p.p.); 21 (p.p); 23 (p.p.); 26 (p,p,); 29 (p.p.); and 30 (p.p.)

  • Artist Biography

    Agnes Martin

    American • 1912 - 2004

    As an artist defined by minimalism and abstract expressionism, Agnes Martin found serenity in her work. Commonly believed to have schizophrenia, Martin may have exercised her orderly grids and pastel colors as a way to find peace. After moving from Canada to New York City and earning her M.A. at Columbia University, she was supported by other talented artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Indiana. Martin began her career with exhibitions at Betty Parson's Gallery, and her work quickly traveled internationally from there. Eventually moving to New Mexico, the artist ended her career and cut off all social ties. Martin was represented by Pace Gallery from 1975 and was recently given a retrospective at Tate Modern in 2015.

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On a Clear Day Portfolio: ten plates

Ten screenprints in grey, on Japanese rag paper, with full margins,
S. 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (19.1 x 19.1 cm)
I. 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

all signed (plate 23 rotated 90° and signed), six annotated `p.p.’, three annotated `a.p.’ and one numbered 49/50 in pencil (nine aside from the numbered edition of 50 and 14 artist’s proofs lettered A-N), published by Parasol Press, Ltd., New York, occasional soft handling creases, plate 4 with creasing in places, otherwise all in very good condition, four framed, six unframed.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,250

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York