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Agnes Martin

Untitled (Blue), 2003

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Lot 10
Offset lithograph in colors on vellum
9.8 x 9.5 in (24.8 x 24.1 cm)
Edition of 1000
Unsigned; copyright stamp on recto


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Despite her close association with the Minimalists, Agnes Martin described her work as Abstract Expressionist in line with Rothko's formal logic, “perceptual perfection,” and sparse compositions. Published as a promotional print for Agnes Martin's 2003 show at Pace Gallery, New York, "Recent Paintings," "Untitled (Blue)" is comprised of a square with that is divided into four columns–the outermost columns are grey, while the innermost columns are a soft blue–printed on transparent vellum that captures the delicate power of her art.

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About Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin (Canadian, 1912-2004) was a Canadian artist. Though closely associated with the Minimalist movement, Martin rejected the term, calling herself an Abstract Expressionist. Previously experimenting with self-portraits and watercolors, her new works adhered to the formal logic of Mark Rothko, which emphasized the “perceptual perfection” of a reduced canvas. The artist is known for her thinly marked pencil lines and bands of color and her transcendent prints have been praised for their emotive reticence and conscientious, seemingly rational, abstraction.