Agnes Martin was one of the preeminent painters of the twentieth century, whose work has had a significant influence both on artists of her own time and for subsequent generations. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists though often identified with Minimalism, Martin was one of the few women artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and she became a particularly important role model for younger women artists.
Partly through close friendships with artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Ad Reinhardt, Martin began to experiment with symmetrical compositions of rectangles or circles within a square, then from around 1960-61 to work with grids of delicate horizontal and vertical lines.
This groundbreaking survey provides an overview of Martin's career, from lesser-known early experimental works through her striped and gridded grey paintings and use of color in various formats, to a group of her final pieces that reintroduce bold forms. A selection of drawings and watercolors is also included. Edited by Francies Morris and Tiffany Bell, with essays by Marion Ackermann, Rachel Barker, Jacquelynn Baas, Tiffany Bell, Christinaa Bryan Rosenberger, Briony Fer, Lena Fritsch, Anna Lovatt, Frances Morris, Maria Muller-Schareck, Richard Tobin and Rosemarie Trockel.
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition Agnes Martin on view at LACMA from April 24, 2016 through September 11, 2016. Both a hardcover and softcover edition (exclusively at LACMA) were produced.
- Softcover exclusively at LACMA, hardcover also available
- 272 pages, 8.8 x 10.8 x 1.2 in.
- 162 illustrations in color
Portrait of Agnes Martin in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, c. 1954, is by Mildred Tolbert