Art Talks: Agnes Martin: Paintings | Richard Tuttle with Tiffany Bell
Explore the work of the seminal abstract artist in honor of the catalogue raisonné of her work, the most definitive and comprehensive study of her paintings to date.
The legacy of Agnes Martin can be found in the generations of artists who have been inspired by her limited palette and geometric vocabulary. Probably best known for her paintings of lines and grids using understated colors, Martin’s work has been hailed as "pure abstraction, in which space, metaphysics, and internal emotional states are explored through painting, drawing and printmaking." Of her own work Martin said, “My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.”
Agnes Martin: Paintings, a digital catalogue raisonné published by Artifex Press, traces her output all the way back to student paintings in the late 1940s and features approximately 1500 high-resolution photographs, alongside never-before-published manuscripts, pictures of the artist, audio recordings, and videos.
Discussing the publication, Martin's life, and her career are Tiffany Bell, editor at Artifex Press of Agnes Martin: Paintings, and Richard Tuttle, the contemporary American artist who knew and worked with Martin from the 1960s until her death in 2004. Tuttle's most recent show at Pace Gallery, Agnes Martin, Richard Tuttle: Crossing Lines, featured new works in response to and installed with grey paintings by Martin. It marked the first time in nearly 20 years that works by the two had been shown together.
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