Nationality & Life Dates:
American, born Canada, 1912–2004
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
60 1/8 x 60 1/4 inches
Purchase in honor of Pat D'Alba Sabatelle, President of the Members Guild, 1995–1996, with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable
© Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Soceity (ARS), New York
On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway Level, Gallery 419
Believing beauty to the most important subject in art, Agnes Martin sought to express sublime reality—to reflect the notion that beauty exists in our mind as an innate idea, and that its existence is stable, but that our awareness of it fluctuates. “We may be looking at the ocean when we are aware of beauty, but it is not the ocean,” she said. Influenced by artists such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, Martin adopted a visual language of biomorphic abstraction and geometry as vehicles for spiritual content. Here, through the use of points of lines, Martin emphasizes the grid in order to depict immaterial perfection.