On March 22, 1912 Agnes Bernice Martin was born on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoping to become a teacher, she immigrated to the United States in 1932 and attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied art education, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in 1932 and a Master's of Art degree in Art and Art Education in 1942. In the late 1950's she lived in the Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan and gave her first solo show at the Betty Parson's Gallery in New York in 1958. By the late 1960s, she left New York to travel throughout the United States and Canada, eventually settling in New Mexico where she continued to battle with mental health. Agnes Martin's signature style embraced 6x6 foot canvas paintings, as well as bold geometric forms which sought evoke emotion, nature, and beauty. Although she identified as an Abstract Expressionist artist, many viewed her as Minimalist.
A major retrospective of Agnes Martin's work, including paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in late 2016-early 2017. She died in Taos, New Mexico in 2004.
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- Ashton, D. (1958, Dec 06). Premiere Exhibition for Agnes Martin. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Cheshire, M. (1967, Sep 21). At Harper's Event:Unwashed, Unironed Artist Is Achiever. The Austin Statesman (1921-1973)
- Wilson, W. (1973, Apr 29). Art: Agnes Martin's Gift: Squares to Unleash the Sentimental Slob. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Kramer, H. (1976, May 16). 2 Shows of Agnes Martin. The Sun (1837-1993)
- Artner, A. G. (1980, Oct 05). Art: Legendary Agnes Martin Strikes a First for Chicago. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Barnes, R. (1993, Sep 07). Promotion of Emotion. The Guardian (1959-2003)
- Goodale, G. (1996, Jan 24). Arts: Painter Agnes Martin: The Art World's 'Best-Kept Secret'. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Agnes Martin (1998, May 02). The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Cotter, H. (2004, Dec 17). Agnes Martin, Abstract Painter, Is Dead at 92. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Albers, P. (2015, Jun 28). On the Grid. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Rosenberger, C. B. (2014). The Early Work of Agnes Martin (Order No. 3635300). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1614472022).
- Stepaniak, R. (2018). Minimalist Paintings of Agnes Martin: A Spiritual Experience Disguised As a Simple Grid (Order No. 10846182). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2118498338).
- Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim, Oct. 7,2016-January 11, 2017.
- The Creativity, and Crisis, of the Minimalist Artist Agnes Martin, NPR Interview, July 8th, with Nancy Princenthal, author of Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art (Thames & Hudson, 2015).
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