On a Clear Day

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“In 1967 Agnes Martin stopped painting. She told me that when she made her first grid painting she was astonished that people responded. ‘Now I’ve finished my work.’

She bought an Airstream trailer and went back to the protection of the New Mexico desert.

In 1971, after nearly four years of living on a mesa in Cuba, New Mexico, Agnes Martin travelled to Germany at the invitation of Luitpold Domberger to create a set of silk screens. They constitute the grammar of linear divisions that she would employ for the rest of her life. This project reinvigorated her interest in painting and shortly after finishing the prints, in 1973, she made her first paintings after almost eight years.”

  • excerpt taken from Arne Glimcher’s book¬†Paintings, Writings, Remembrances¬†published by PHAIDON

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