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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

    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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On a Clear Day Portfolio: ten plates

1973
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.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,250

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York