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After Agnes Martin

Untitled (Agnes Martin 2002 Symposium and Exhibition), 2002

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Lot 23
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
16.5 x 17.0 in (41.9 x 43.2 cm)


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This print announces the Agnes Martin Symposium & Exhibition celebrating the artist’s 90th birthday that took place at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico in 2002. The image is a reproduction of Martin’s painting 'Affection' which was included in the show and approved by Martin to be used in the announcement. The seemingly perfect grid is, on closer look, not so regular, and purposefully so: Martin described her work as “Abstract Expressionist,” aligning with Rothko’s logic of "perceptual perfection" rather than that of the Minimalists. Printed on thin white wove paper to echo the fragility of art, less than 1500 of these prints were made.

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About After Agnes Martin

Though closely associated with the Minimalist movement, Agnes Martin (Canadian, 1912-2004) rejected the connotation, instead calling herself an Abstract Expressionist. Her earlier work experimented with self-portraiture and watercolor while her later drawings channeled the formalism of Mark Rothko, emphasizing “perceptual perfection” on a reduced canvas. She is best known for her grids of thinly marked pencil lines, which have been praised for their emotive reticence and seemingly rational abstraction. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 1998, among others, and her works reside in the Guggenheim and MoMA, as well as other institutions around the world.