Tate Modern Film

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World

Mary Lance Agnes Martin: With my Back to the World

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Mary Lance Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World USA, 2002, video, 57 min

This documentary features the American painter Agnes Martin (1912–2004), whose work is currently on display in her first major retrospective, Agnes Martin, at Tate Modern. It was shot over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002. Interviews with Martin are inter-cut with shots at work in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, and photographs, archival footage and images of Martin’s work from over five decades. It is a venue for Martin to speak about her art, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views about the creative process. In keeping with Martin’s chosen life of solitude, she alone appears in the documentary.

Mary Lance will present her film and discuss her work and time with Agnes Martin on Sunday 4 October.


Mary Lance

Mary Lance is an award-winning filmmaker who has over thirty years of experience in documentary production. Her documentary Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World 2002 was premiered at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal. It was also shown at DokuArts Berlin, Festival Artecinema in Naples Italy, Santa Fe Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Festival and Festival dei Popoli. It had a two-week theatrical run at Film Forum in New York in 2007 and was broadcast on the American television channel Sundance Channel in 2009–2011.

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4 October 2015 at 16.00–17.00

11 October 2015 at 16.00–17.00