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D.A.P./Tate

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Hardcover, 8.25 x 10.5 in. / 272 pgs / 160 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 178   

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ISBN 9781938922763 TRADE
List Price: $55.00 CDN $72.50

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

London
Tate Modern, 06/03/15-10/11/15

Dusseldorf
Kunstsammlung NRW, 10/15-01/16

Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 04/24/16-09/11/16

New York
Guggenheim Museum, 10/07/16-01/04/17

Wedding spiritual content to geometric form, Agnes Martin is a unique, pivotal figure between Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.

  

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Agnes Martin

Edited by Frances Morris, Tiffany Bell. Text by Marion Ackermann, Rachel Barker, Jacquelynn Baas, Tiffany Bell, Christina Bryan Rosenberger, Briony Fer, Lena Fritsch, Anna Lovatt, Frances Morris, Maria Müller-Schareck, Richard Tobin, Rosemarie Trockel.

Portrait of Agnes Martin in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, c. 1954, is by Mildred Tolbert.

The critically acclaimed, indispensible illustrated monograph on Agnes Martin, published to accompany the major retrospective exhibition organized by the Tate and on view in 2016 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Guggenheim

This groundbreaking survey provides an in-depth account of Martin's artistic 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 and Martin's own writing are also included.

Edited by the exhibitions's co-curators Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell, and with essays by leading scholars that give a context for Martin's work—her life, relationship with other artists, the influence of South-Asian philosophy—alongside focused shorter pieces on particular paintings, this beautifully designed volume is the definitive publication on her oeuvre. Frances Morris places Martin's work in the art historical context of the time; art historian Richard Tobin analyzes Martin’s painting "The Islands"; conservator Rachel Barker offers the reader a close viewing of "Morning"; curator Lena Fritsch provides a visual biography by comparing photographic portraits of Martin from different periods; and art historian Jacquelynn Baas delves into the spiritual and philosophical beliefs so present in Martin's art, including Platonism, Christian mysticism, Zen Buddhism and Taoism.

Agnes Martin was born in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1912, and moved to the US in 1932, studying at universities in Oregon, California, New Mexico and New York. She painted still lifes and portraits until the early 1950s, when she developed an abstract biomorphic style influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Her first one-woman exhibition was held at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1958. 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. She left New York in 1967, shortly after the death of Reinhardt, and moved to New Mexico, where she lived until her death in 2004.


Portrait of Agnes Martin in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, c. 1954, is by Mildred Tolbert.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Telegraph

Alastair Sooke

Martin’s cool geometric abstractions are butterfly nets for emotions.

Evening Standard

Ben Luke

A near-perfect guide of breath-takingly beautiful work.

The New York Times Book Review

Patricia Albers

Not to be missed...indispensable.

London Review of Books

Nicholas Spiece

The paintings ask that we look, look and keep looking. They beckon us into an attitude of attention, a willingness to take time.

Artnews

Roger Atwood

This exhaustive survey of painter Agnes Martin’s career shows how she spent decades modulating the basic form of a gridded or banded square to achieve a vast range of aesthetic and emotional effects, from severe to sensual.

The New York Times

Holland Cotter

...Linear abstract paintings that are balanced and personal, precise and hand-touched. Many are so subtle as to be barely photographable, yet they look gorgeous in the catalog (edited by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell) for her recent Tate Modern show, "Agnes Martin," which travels to the Guggenheim Museum in October 2016.

Los Angeles Times

Christopher Knight

Survey of Agnes Martin's powerful yet meditative work draws a straight, vibrant line to Zen.... Once you've nestled into her seemingly simple, initially inscrutable, finally profound vision of art, it's like enveloping your mind's eye in a soft, methodical, determined but exalted radiance.

New York Review Of Books

Hilton Als

Some of the more significant creations about spirituality, beauty, and painting itself that modernism has ever known… She used the grid as a forum for belief- a space where the viewer as well as the artist could contemplate the hand making the thing being observed.

The New York Times

Holland Cotter

[Martin’s] art has a lift that makes other art, even closely related, feel earthbound.

The New Yorker

A deep, and deepening, sense of the artist’s singular powers…a sort of secular pilgrimage, on which you may feel your perceptual ability to register minute differences in tone and texture steadily refined, and your heart ambushed by rushes of emotion.

Hyperallergic

Robert C. Morgan

...a strong message emerges from Martin’s magnificent works, whether paintings, drawings, prints, or even sculpture: to become a serious artist requires a choice, a willful rite of passage that precedes the course one will follow.

Agnes Martin

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FROM THE BOOK
"To progress in life you must give up the things that you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you like. The things that are acceptable to your mind."

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/6/2016

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Below is Agnes Martin's 1989 essay, "Beauty is the Mystery of Life," reproduced from our essential monograph, published to accompany the critically-acclaimed touring retrospective. Reviewing our book for the New York Times Book Review alongside Nancy Princenthal's aptly-timed new biography, Patricia Albers made special note of this particular text, asserting that it is "not to be missed."
continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

FRANCES MORRIS AND TIFFANY BELL | DATE 7/13/2015

Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell on Agnes Martin

Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell on Agnes Martin

This week, we release the most important monograph ever published on the great twentieth century painter Agnes Martin, whose name and work are so much in the news because of the definitive retrospective on view at Tate Modern (for which this book was published), and the new biography by Nancy Princenthal. Below is the Introduction to our book, written by co-curators Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell.
continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/6/2016

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Agnes Martin: "Beauty Is the Mystery of Life"

Below is Agnes Martin's 1989 essay, "Beauty is the Mystery of Life," reproduced from our essential monograph, published to accompany the critically-acclaimed touring retrospective. Reviewing our book for the New York Times Book Review alongside Nancy Princenthal's aptly-timed new biography, Patricia Albers made special note of this particular text, asserting that it is "not to be missed."
continue to blog


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