Agnes Martin

Overview

The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to present a retrospective exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Agnes Martin. At a time when many people seem lost in crises of belief and addled by conflicting notions of art, this exhibition presents the work of a distinguished painter whose art reflects a mature spiritual sensibility, a unique intelligence, and extraordinary integrity.
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Overview

The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to present a retrospective exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Agnes Martin. At a time when many people seem lost in crises of belief and addled by conflicting notions of art, this exhibition presents the work of a distinguished painter whose art reflects a mature spiritual sensibility, a unique intelligence, and extraordinary integrity.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Painter Agnes Martin's quietly radiant geometric abstractions reflect her quest to capture moments of beauty or transcendence of ego and petty distractions. Her personal philosophy, as reflected in her semimystical writings, seems an amalgam of the Bible, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, William Blake and positive thinking. Featuring 60 color and 40 black-and-white plates, the volume profiles the Saskatchewan-born artist, now 80, who participated in the heyday of New York abstract expressionism and later settled in New Mexico. Whitney curator Haskell charts Martin's shifts from landscape to biomorphic abstractions to minimalism. Chave, a Hunter College art historian, looks at Martin's calm, grid-like compositions. Krauss, a professor at the City University of New York, endorses Martin's claim to be a classicist in the objective tradition of Egyptians, Greeks and Copts. This catalogue accompanies a traveling exhibition that opened at New York City's Whitney Museum. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810968172
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 11.85 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword 6
Preface and Acknowledgments 7
Selected Writings 9
Color Plates 33
Agnes Martin: The Awareness of Perfection 93
Drawings 119
Agnes Martin: "Humility; the Beautiful Daughter...All of Her Ways Are Empty" 131
The /Cloud/ 155
Chronology 167
Exhibition History and Selected Bibliography 170
Works in the Exhibition 183
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