Agnes Martin: Independence of Mind | Radius Books

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This fresh look at Agnes Martin testifies to the depth and breadth of her influence through a series of essays by contemporary artists and writers, commissioned especially for this book. Contributors discuss the influence of Martin's work on their life and creative processes, as well as resisting stereotyped narratives about Martin's life. They include artists Martha Tuttle, Jennie C. Jones and James Sterling Pitt, and writers Teju Cole, Bethany Hindmarsh, Darcey Steinke and Jenn Shapland. 

  • Hardcover
  • 28 x 20 cm
  • 184 pages
  • full-colour illustrations

Meet Agnes Martin Martin is renowned for her highly detailed, minimalist paintings, whose meditative quality has lead them to be defined by writer Rachel Spence as "essays in discretion on inward-ness and silence." Initially working in a biomorphic style influenced by Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Martin maintained that she was not a Minimalist, as she is often considered, but an Abstract Expressionist. From 1960, she began working in the intricate and highly laboured grid style for which she became renowned. Her work earned her a National Medal of the Arts in 1998, and in 2004 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the year of her death.