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    AGNES MARTIN (American, 1912-2004)
    Untitled, 1962
    Etching with silverpoint additions
    Signed and dated lower right: a. martin 1962
    10-5/8 x 10-3/4 inches (27.0 x 27.3 cm)

    Agnes Martin is one of the great artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement, known for monochromatic grid painting that combined pigment and faint pencil lines.

    In 1957, Martin relocated from New Mexico to New York and lived in the Coenties Slip section of lower Manhattan with other notable artists such as Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman. In 1958, she had her first solo show at the Betty Parsons Gallery. At this time she was becoming more influenced by the tight knit community of artists of which she was an integral part. She was also heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism, to which she had been exposed while attending Columbia University. Between 1957 and 1967 she strove to duplicate this line of thought in her work. She went to great lengths to become de-personalized from her painting and carefully planned her work with simple horizontal and vertical lines to establish a tone of serenity and control.

    Agnes Martin abruptly left New York in 1967, and quit painting as well. For seven years she lived in self-imposed exile, choosing to concentrate on mainly writing. In 1974, she began painting again, showing almost exclusively at PaceWildenstein until her death in 2004.


    Condition Report*: Silverpoint additions to the lower right corner.  Minor rippling throughout.  Not examined outside frame.
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    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
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