Tate Modern Exhibition

Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin retrospective at Tate Modern, 3 June – 11 October 2015

Agnes Martin
Happy Holiday (1999)
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland

© estate of Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin Untitled #3 1974

Agnes MartinUntitled #3 1974Acrylic, graphite and gesso on canvas

Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

Agnes Martin Friendship 1963

Agnes MartinFriendship 1963incised gold leaf and gesso on canvas

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Agnes Martin Untitled 1959 colour band

Agnes Martin

Untitled 1959

Oil on canvas

© Estate of Agnes Martin/DACS, London, 1915

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Agnes Martin| TateShots

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.

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Agnes Martin Road Trip

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.

The Telegraph

Alastair Sooke, The Telegraph

A delight
The Independent 

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Martin’s art hits an exquisite sustained note

Martin Coomer, Time Out

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3 June – 11 October 2015

Sponsored by

The Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation

Terra Foundation for American Art

Terra Foundation for American Art

In partnership with

Artworkers Retirement Society;

Artworkers Retirement Society;

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