Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Run to See Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim, Then Stay a While

By Ben Davis, October 7, 2016
Agnes Martin, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 7, 2016–January 11, 2017. Photo David Heald.
NEW YORK---[Agnes] Martin, for her part, spoke frequently about the importance of renouncing “pride” and ego in her art, and one gets the sense that the grid attracted her because it was ego-less, eliminating overheated, subjective effects. “The object of painting,” she would say, “is to represent concretely our most subtle emotions.” The result is that each canvas unfolds as a story, the drama of the human mind straining towards a state of clarity. And the movement between each canvas testifies to how such clarity is a process perpetually pursued, not a state finally achieved. They are solitary paintings, maybe, but they communicate beautifully. [link]
Agnes Martin, Untitled 15 (1988). Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.