Agnes Martin  (American/Canadian, 1912-2004) 

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Agnes Martin (American/Canadian, 1912–2004) moved to the United States in 1931 from her native Canada. After studying Fine Art and Art Education at the Columbia University Teachers College, she moved back and forth between New York City and New Mexico before settling permanently in New Mexico in 1977. Though she preferred to be associated with the Abstract Expressionists, Martin is often categorized as a Minimalist because of her spare paintings and drawings, which featured large grids drawn by hand in ink or graphite on paper or canvas. Despite the rigorous repetition of these works, Martin was not striving for perfection; she was influenced by Taoist and other eastern philosophies, and felt her paintings were a reflection of the complex patterns of nature. As a result, Martin titled many works after natural phenomena, such as White Flower (1960) or Desert (1965).

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Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled
1973

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled
1957

The Mayor Gallery
Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled
1960

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Agnes Martin, Untitled (set of 4)

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled (set of 4)
1998

Nikola Rukaj Gallery
Agnes Martin, Praise

 

Agnes Martin
Praise
1976

Artspace II
Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled
1965

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled
1994

Peter Blum
Agnes Martin, Untitled #1

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled #1
1990

Peter Blum
Agnes Martin, Untitled Drawing

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled Drawing
1979

Peter Blum
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Agnes Martin, Praise

 

Agnes Martin
Praise, 1976
rubber stamp print

 

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Agnes Martin, Untitled

 

Agnes Martin
Untitled, 2001
acrylic and graphite on canvas

 

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Agnes Martin, The beach

 

Agnes Martin
The beach, 1964
oil and pencil on canvas

 

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1912   Born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada
1932   Moved to Bellingham, WA
1942   B.S. Columbia University, New York, NY
1952   M.A. Columbia University, New York, NY
1989   Elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1997   Recipient, Golden Lion for Contribution to Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1998   Recipient, National Medal of Arts awarded by President Bill Clinton and the National Endowment for the Arts
Recipient, Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement by the College Art Association
2004   Died in Taos, NM
2010   Agnes Martin, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
Agnes Martin: Works on Paper, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2009   Artist Rooms: Agnes Martin, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2008   Agnes Martin: Works on Paper, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Agnes Martin: Homage to [a] Life, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY (solo)
2006   A Field of Vision: Paintings from the 1980s, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY (solo)
2005   To the Islands: Agnes Martin's Paintings 1974-79, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY (solo)
2004   Agnes Martin: The Islands, University of Michigran Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (solo)
2003   Agnes Martin: Five Decades, Zwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (solo)
2002   Agnes Martin: The Nineties and Beyond, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (solo)
2000   Lovely Life: The Recent Work of Agnes Martin, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY (solo)
1992   Agnes Martin, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Agnes Martin: Paintings and Drawings 1974-1990, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1973   Agnes Martin, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1958   Agnes Martin, Section Eleven, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
  The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY
  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
  The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  Tate Gallery, London, England
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000    Glimcher, Arne. Agnes Martin: Paintings and Writings. New York: Pace Wildenstein, 2000
1992    Chave, Anna, Barbara Haskell, and Rosalind Krauss. Agnes Martin. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1992
1991    Schwarz, Dieter. Agnes Martin: Writings–Schriften. Winterthur: Kunstmuseum Winterthur, 1991
1977    Ashton, Dore. Agnes Martin: Paintings and Drawings, 1957–1975. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977
1973    Alloway, Lawrence. Agnes Martin. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1973