Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
Library Shelf Location 18.MART
Publication Date 2015

The first biography of the visionary artist Agnes Martin, one of the most original and influential painters of the postwar period.

Over the course of a career that spanned fifty years, Agnes Martin’s austere, serene work anticipated and helped to define Minimalism, even as she battled psychological crises and carved out a solitary existence in the American Southwest. ‘I paint with my back to the world’, she claimed; when she died at ninety-two, in Taos, New Mexico, it is said she had not read a newspaper in half a century.

Nancy Princenthal tells her whole story chronologically – from Martin’s birth in Saskatchewan and her early years as an artist, living in derelict Manhattan shipping lofts with Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and others of their ilk as neighbours; to the seven years she stopped painting, just as her career was taking off; the months she spent roaming the country in a pickup truck; and her last thirty years, in Taos some of that time, in an adobe house she built with her own hands.

Nancy Princenthal has written the essential Agnes Martin biography; a must-read for anyone interested in abstract painting or the history of women artists in America.

ISBN 9780500093900
Quantity 1
Pages 320pp
Author Nancy Princenthal
Format Hardback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Related Artist Agnes Martin
Category Artist Biography
Language English

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