Author Nancy Princenthal discusses Agnes Martin's life and work at LACMA on Saturday, June 4, 2016
Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
delves into the artist's austere, serene work which anticipated and helped to define Minimalism. Martin identified with the Abstract Expressionists but her commitment to linear geometry caused her to be associated in turn with Minimalist, feminist, and even outsider artists. She moved through some of the liveliest art communities of her time while maintaining a legendary reserve. “I paint with my back to the world,” she says both at the beginning and at the conclusion of a documentary filmed when she was in her late eighties. When she died at ninety-two, in Taos, New Mexico, it is said she had not read a newspaper in half a century.Agnes Martin
is essential reading for anyone interested in abstract art or the history of women artists in America. This book, by Nancy Princenthal, won the 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography.
- 320 pages, 6.9 x 9.8 x 1.4 in.
- 38 illustrations, 33 in color