Today in History: Agnes Martin Is Born

| March 22, 2019

Agnes_Martin_1954On March 22, 1912 Agnes Bernice Martin was born on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoping to become a teacher, she immigrated to the United States in 1932 and attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied art education, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in 1932 and a Master’s of Art degree in Art and Art Education in 1942. In the late 1950’s she lived in the Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan and gave her first solo show at the Betty Parson’s Gallery in New York in 1958. By the late 1960s, she left New York to travel throughout the United States and Canada, eventually settling in New Mexico where she continued to battle with mental health. Agnes Martin’s signature style embraced 6×6 foot canvas paintings, as well as bold geometric forms which sought evoke emotion, nature, and beauty. Although she identified as an Abstract Expressionist artist, many viewed her as Minimalist.

A major retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work, including paintings, prints, drawings,  and sculptures was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in late 2016-early 2017.  She died in Taos, New Mexico in 2004.

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