agnes martin gets retrospective at tate

The Tate will bring together the beautiful works of the minimalist abstract painter for the first time since her death,

by Felix Petty
20 May 2015, 11:04am

Few things are more stereotypically male dominated, in the already pretty male dominated world of art, as abstraction. A post-war, post-modern group of painters, working predominantly in New York, and playing out all those male ego fantasies of virtuoso, misunderstood, artistic genius.

Agnes Martin is the exception that proves the rule. And Tate Modern are giving the painter her dues in a new retrospective set to open in June. Known for her minimalistic, meditative take on abstraction, that places her somewhere between Sol LeWitt and Mark Rothko. Her work often took the form of pencilled grids and pastel shades.

Agnes Martin, Untitled #3 1974. Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA © 2015 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Martin famously abandoned New York, the art scene, and painting in 1967, to travel across the US and Canada in search of solitude, before settling in New Mexico, and eventually coming back to painting in the mid-70s.


Main image Agnes Martin, Untitled #5 1998. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. © 2015 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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