Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Survey of Agnes Martin's Powerful Yet Meditative Work Draws a Straight, Vibrant Line to Zen

By Christopher Knight
Installation view, Agnes Martin, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LACMA - The Los Angeles County M / Museum Associates/LACMA)
CALIFORNIA---Want to clear your mind? Get a pickup truck, then spend a couple years driving across and around the continent — alone. That's the first lesson of the lovely retrospective of abstract paintings by Agnes Martin (1912-2004) newly opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The show is divided in two, early work and late work, and the separation between them was launched by her decision to make an extended cross-country sojourn. Part 1 shows her surprising mode of pure abstract painting coming into focus. Part 2 shows the spare motif being boundlessly elaborated and steadily refined, now mostly in acrylic. [link]

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: "Agnes Martin," (Sept., 11, 2016); 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angels, CA; (323) 857-6000;
Agnes Martin, Untitled #4, 1975. Acrylic and graphite on canvas. (LACMA, gift of Milly and Anne Glimcher, in honor of Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director)