Tate Modern


Tate Modern
Agnes Martin
3 June – 11 October 2015
Supported by The Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art
Additional support from Artworkers Retirement Society, the Agnes Martin Exhibition Supporters Group, Tate Americas Foundation and Tate International Council
Tate Modern, Level 3 West
Bankside London SE1 9TG

Arrive via the main entrance, Holland Street

Agnes Martin born 1912
American abstract painter born in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada. Moved to the USA in 1932. Studied at universities in Oregon, California and New Mexico. Became a US citizen 1940. Attended Teachers College at Columbia University, New York, from 1941-2 and 1951-2, studying first history and social studies, then changing to fine arts. Painted still lifes and portraits until c.1952-4 when she developed an abstract biomorphic style influenced by Abstract Expressionism, with pale washes of colour. Taught at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1954-6, then lived in Taos 1956-7; returned to New York 1957. First one-woman exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1958. Through contacts with artists such as Kelly and Reinhardt, began to experiment with symmetrical compositions of rectangles or circles within a square, then from c.1960-1 to work with grids of delicate horizontal and vertical lines. Left New York in 1967 shortly after the death of Reinhardt and moved to Cuba, New Mexico, where she lives now.
Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery’s Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.488

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Agnes Martin Friendship 1963
incised gold leaf and gesso on canvasMuseum of Modern Art, New York

Agnes Martin is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. ‘Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness’ Martin wrote ‘one cannot make works of art’.
Martin lived and worked in New York, becoming a key figure in the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. Then in 1967, just as her art was gaining acclaim, Martin abandoned the city and went in search of solitude and silence. For almost two years she travelled across the US and Canada before finally settling in New Mexico as Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, DH Lawrence and Edward Hopper had done before her. Working within tightly prescribed limits she imposed on her own practice Martin was able to continue to make extraordinary, visionary paintings, for over three decades until her death in 2004.
This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this extensive exhibition will reveal Martin’s early and little known experiments with different media and trace her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerising grid and striped canvases that became her hallmark.
Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf,

Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

Open daily from 10.00–18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Level 3, Bankside SE1
Arrive via the main entrance, Holland Street

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