Thursday, October 6, 2005

Agnes Martin

There are certain artists that I visit via books, the web, and magazines. One of them are Agnes Martin. Her work is simplistic and pure. She was categorized as a minimalist yet she didn't want to pegged as such. She was deeply poetic, in touch with nature, and considered art to be a spiritual quest. Martin lived a life of solitude and owned neither a television nor stereo. She gave up all of her possessions in the later part of her life to drive cross country and start a new existence in New Mexico. She died in December 2004 at the age of 92. Agnes is someone that I would have liked to have met.

Here is a quote that describes her work:

"My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind."

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