Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004) was an American artist who is often associated with the Abstract Expressionist and Minimalist movements. She is known for her grid-like patterns and muted color palette. Martin was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1912.

She moved to the United States in 1932 and attended the Teachers College at Columbia University. After a brief career as a teacher, she decided to pursue art full-time. She studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts.

© Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York under Fair Use
© Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

She was interested in Eastern philosophy, especially Taoist, and this was reflected in her paintings, statements, and influential writings. It was characterized by its simplicity and elegant lines. She often used a grid format, which she saw as a symbol of order and harmony. They were often compared to the work of artist such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.

In the early 1970s, Martin moved to New Mexico, where she built a studio in the desert. She continued to create art until her retirement in the late 1990s. She died in 2004. Although she lived a reclusive life, she was one of the most important artists of her generation.

© Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York under Fair Use
© Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York under Fair Use
Minimalist Art by minimalist Artist Agnes Martin
©Untitled, 1959. Dia Art Foundation; Gift of Milly and Arne Glimcher. © Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York under Fair Use

Further Information

https://www.moma.org/artists/3787

http://www.artnet.com/

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