Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin ( born March 22, 1912 in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, † 16 December 2004 in Taos / New Mexico, United States) was an American artist. Her work is often described as minimalist, but also awarded the abstract expressionism.


Martin was born on a farm in Macklin, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Scottish immigrants. She grew up in Vancouver. In 1931 she went to the USA, where she sang at various universities in Oregon, California and New Mexico, studied. From 1935 to 1938 he studied at Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham, Washington. 1941/42, she completed a history and sociology studies at Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. From 1946-48 she studied and taught at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. From 1948-1950, she taught in public schools in Washington and Delaware. In 1950 she returned to New York and made at Teacher's College, Columbia University a Master of Arts. She lives from 1954 to 1957 in Taos, New Mexico.

In 1957 she returned to New York, discovered by the gallery owner Betty Parsons, and lived in the new arts district Coenties Slip, where she met with artists such as Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, James Rosenquist and Jack Youngerman. Martin in 1958, her first solo exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery.

Martin left New York in 1967 and finally moved to a troubled time back to New Mexico in the near Cuba, where they built an adobe house. Martin did not paint for seven years.

Your second major phase of work is derived in 1973 a portfolio of 30 silkscreen prints, which is titled On a Clear Day. 1997 Martin said in an interview with The Associated Press about their works. According to their own data presented their paintings is nothing, but to cause only emotional reactions in the viewer.

Martin had a strong affinity for the English poet John Keats, whose equation of beauty and truth influenced her work.

Agnes Martin was in 1972 participant of documenta 5 and documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977, 2007, works to see her at the documenta 12. In 1997, Martin was a participant of the Biennale di Venezia.

Abstract Paintings by Martin are represented among others in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Dia Art Foundation, and the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Tate Gallery.

In recent years Martin lived a very secluded life in a nursing home in Taos.