Agnes Martin (1912–2004) is perhaps most recognized for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale color washes. Although restrained, her style is underpinned by a deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. “Without awareness of beauty, innocence, and happiness,” Martin wrote, “one cannot make works of art.”
This extensive exhibition covers the full breadth of her practice, revealing Martin’s early and little-known experiments with different media and tracing her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerizing grid and striped canvases that have become her hallmark.
The exhibition is also on view at the Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, (November 2015–February 2016); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (April–September 2016); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, (October 2016–January 2017)
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