Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances is the most extensive retrospective publication on this visionary painter.
Though a major influence on Minimalist painters, Martin saw her own work, more closely related to Abstract Expressionism, her paintings being ‘meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness and love.’ This book brings together 130 of Martin’s paintings and drawings, with her previously unpublished writings and lecture notes, which vividly illuminate her art. Letters and facsimiles are reprinted in Martin’s own hand, and cut to notebook size, adding an element of intimacy to the book.
Pace Gallery founder, Arne Glimcher’s illuminating introduction, his personal remembrances of visits to Martin at her studio, and their correspondence throughout her career, reveal much about the artist’s life and work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
While living in New York between 1957 and 1967, Agnes Martin began to experiment with symmetrical compositions comprising circles and squares under the influence of artists such as Ad Reinhardt and Ellsworth Kelly. Her grid paintings, which some critics linked to the machine-edged Minimalist movement, are actually examples of Abstract Expressionism, dense with gestural markings and unmistakable traces of the artist’s hand. In their purity and meditative quality, the canvases suggest a spiritualism that reflects Martin’s interest in nature (particularly the desert landscapes of New Mexico) and Eastern religions, notably Daoism. The paintings created after her return to Taos in 1967 became increasingly ethereal, the grids sometimes so faint that they seemed to be fading into a shimmering mist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arne Glimcher is an influential art dealer, and the founder of the Pace Gallery. He has worked with some of the worlds greatest artists including Pablo Picasso, Ad Reinhardt, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Rauchenberg, and Agnes Martin. He has also produced and directed several films, including The Mambo Kings, and Gorillas in the Mist. Glimcher managed the exhibitions and sales of Martin’s work through most of her career and became one of her closest friends.
Hardcover: 364 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (17 Sept. 2012)
Product Dimensions: 26 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
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