Room 9

My paintings have neither objects nor space nor time nor anything – no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form.
Agnes Martin, 1966

On a few occasions Martin designated a group of paintings as a series and specified that they should always be shown together. In the centre of this exhibition is the multi-panel work The Islands that Martin created in 1979. It comprises twelve identically large square paintings in white acrylic paint and graphite. These paintings can be seen as Martin’s most silent works and invite concentrated looking over time in order to see their fine lines and subtly nuanced surfaces. The works have been seen to convey a contemplative quality, indicating Martin’s interest in East Asian philosophy and spirituality.