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Guggenheim New York presents Agnes Martin at the rotunda

6 October, 2016

Filling the Guggenheim rotunda, this exhibition will trace Agnes Martin’s (1912–2004) career from her early experiments of the 1950s through her mature oeuvre and final paintings, making it the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since her death in 2004. One of the preeminent American painters of the twentieth century, Martin created subtle and evocative canvases that had a significant influence on artists of her time and subsequent generations.

For more than four decades, she explored limited compositional motifs yet discovered endless nuance and variation. By 1960, she had developed her signature grid-pattern works—radical presentations of interlocking horizontal and vertical lines in pencil on large square canvases that at first seem to appear blank. Martin’s geometry, however, is never mechanical. Her hand-drawn arrangements of coordinates, lines, and stripes shift in scale and rhythm between works.

Often associated with and considered an important figure of Minimalism, Martin’s work stands apart. Influenced by Asian belief systems including Taoism and Zen Buddhism and the natural surroundings of her home in New Mexico, her restrained style was underpinned by a personal conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art.

The Guggenheim presentation of Agnes Martin is co-curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions and Tiffany Bell, Guest Curator.

Agnes Martin Little Sister, 1962 Oil, ink, and brass nails on canvas and wood sheet, 25.1 x 24.2 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Andrew Powie Fuller and Geraldine Spreckels Fuller Collection 2000.40 © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Agnes Martin Little Sister, 1962 Oil, ink, and brass nails on canvas and wood sheet, 25.1 x 24.2 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Andrew Powie Fuller and Geraldine Spreckels Fuller Collection 2000.40 © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Top Image: Agnes Martin  Mid Winter, ca. 1954 Oil on canvas, 83.8 x 121.9 cm Taos Municipal Schools Historic Art Collection, New Mexico © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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6 October, 2016
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St
New York, 10128 United States
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