photo by Charles R Rushton
Agnes Martin is hardly a new artist I'm introducing ... but still I wanted to talk about her on this blog, since she is one of my most favorite painters ever. I very much remember the retrospective 1992 at the Whitney Museum in New York. I can't even recall how many hours I spent soaking in the paintings, feeling calm and happy and inspired all at the same time. My husband kept trying to understand my fascination. After all it was just mostly horizontal lines in different configurations and ever so slightly different non colors.
It could be my love of minimalism, my 'less is more' upbringing, the resemblance to warp and weft of my beloved textiles ... It is fascinating to me that so little can be so emotional. I figured out quite quickly that I would never ever own one of these amazing paintings, so I was thrilled when I found this website around my birthday time. I was able to take my birthday money and purchase 2 pieces which I had framed in simple wood frames.
I love looking at them every day. And even my husband has come around. I'm curious to know what you think. Unfortunately most books about her work are out of print and quite pricey, but I was excited to see that this is coming out soon. Hope it'll make you feel calm and happy and inspired all at the same time !