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Agnes Martin

Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher

The first and only complete career retrospective publication of the visionary painter, Agnes Martin

Arne Glimcher


Price: USD$165.00

  • This important, and extremely beautiful, book includes all Martin’s most iconic works, prized for their exquisite visual poetry
  • Brings together Martin’s paintings and drawings with her writings and lecture notes, which vividly illuminate her art
  • Features facsimiles of previously unpublished writings, notes and letters – conveying the artist’s thoughts in her own handwriting – in addition to all her well-known essays

Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances is the first and only complete career retrospective publication of the visionary painter.

Agnes Martin’s career spanned over seven decades. Though a major influence on Minimalist painters, Martin saw her own work, more closely related to Abstract Expressionism, her paintings being ‘meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness and love.’

This important and beautiful book brings together 130 of Martin’s paintings and drawings, with her previously unpublished writings and lecture notes, which vividly illuminate her art.

Letters and facsimiles are reprinted in Martin’s own hand, and cut to notebook size, adding an element of intimacy for the reader.

Pace Gallery founder, Arne Glimcher’s illuminating introduction, his personal remembrances of visits to Martin at her studio, and their correspondence throughout her career, reveal much about the artist’s life and work.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 200 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714859965

  [A] stunningly beautiful volume... An affectionate biographical glimpse into Martin's life... Tucked alongside reproductions of paintings are previously unpublished lecture scripts, samples of Martin's letters to Glimcher, and other notes... These actual-size replicas [...] are written neatly in the artist's own script, and offer intimate glimpses into her thought process... The photographs of Martin in her rustic surroundings are marvelous and strange, and the lurid colours unique to old Polaroids provide a bracing contrast the restraint found in her paintings... Martin's works, with their delicate grids, can become muted or muffled on the page, but in this book they sing out pure and strong. In his acknowledgements, the author gives thanks to Sue Medlicott, a print-production specialist who helped assure faithful images reproductions. I want to echo and amplify that gratitude: while this is a book that above all honors Martin's achievements, it is also wholly indebted to Medlicott's talen. Between Medlicott's skill at making subtle colors legible and Glimcher's ability to evoke the artist's personality, Agnes Martin is both spare and extravagant: an apt tribute.
- BookForum, USA

Arne Glimcher is an influential art dealer, and the founder of the Pace Gallery. He has worked with some of the worlds greatest artists including Pablo Picasso, Ad Reinhardt, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Rauchenberg, and Agnes Martin. He has also produced and directed several films, including The Mambo Kings, and Gorillas in the Mist. Glimcher managed the exhibitions and sales of Martin’s work through most of her career and became one of her closest friends.


Contents and Sections:

Agnes Martin
  • About Agnes Martin
  • About the paintings
Works 1956-1967
  • I want to talk to you about the work
  • Short essays
  • The silence of my house
  • The struggle of existence
  • What we do not see if we do not see
  • The Thinking Reed
  • We cannot even imagine how to be humble
  • Agnes decides to stop painting
Works 1971-1989
  • On a Clear Day screenprints
  • Comment about the prints
  • Reflections
  • Studio visit: October 8, 1974
  • Excerpt from Beginning No. 5
  • Studio visit: April 30, 1976
  • What is real
  • After completing Gabriel
  • Studio visit: March 8, 1977
  • Studio visit: January 23, 1978
  • Studio visit: March 5, 1979
  • Letter to the Whitney Museum of American art
  • Advice to young artists
  • This koon
  • I hope I have made it clear that the work is about
  • The dark paintings
Works 1991-2004
  • Statement re. art work
  • We perceive. We see
  • The current of the river of life moves us
  • When I think of art I think of beauty
  • Response to art
  • The adventurous state of mind
  • In my best moments
  • Agnes's last days
Works on paper
  • Answer to an enquiry
  • The untroubled mind
  • Agnes's relevant biography
  • List of works
  • Biography and list of exhibitions
  • Further reading


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