20th Century and Contemporary, Excerpts, Museums/Exhibits, Painting

March 22: Agnes Martin’s Birthday

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Agnes Martin, Yale University Press would like to share Agnes Martin, a collection of essays edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly. Agnes Martin (March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004), a Canadian-born American abstract painter, referred to as a minimalist and an abstract expressionist, is famous for her quiet palette and compositions. Martin attributed her grid-based works to metaphysical motivations, lending a serene complexity to her oeuvre that has defied any easy categorization. Perhaps for this reason, critical and scholarly analysis of her paintings has been scarce—until now. Organized by Dia Art Foundation, whose extensive holdings of Martin’s paintings and ambitions to support in-depth research on the works are unparalleled, Agnes Martin brings renewed focus and energy to Martin’s career and her contributions to the art historical narrative. This important new anthology brings together the most current scholarship on Martin’s paintings by twelve multidisciplinary essayists who consider various aspects of the artist’s four-decade career.

Check out a free excerpt from the book, an essay by Douglas Crimp called “Back to the Turmoil.”

Agnes Martin, edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly; with essays by Rhea Anastas, Lynne Cooke, Douglas Crimp, Suzanne Hudson, Jonathan D. Katz, Zoe Leonard, Jaleh Mansoor, Michael Newman, Christina Bryan Rosenberger, and Anne M. Wagner


  1. Wonderful.

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