Tate modern is set to hold the first retrospective exhibition of the seminal American painter Agnes Martin since 1994, which aims to cover the full breadth of her visionary artwork characterised by subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes.
This internationally touring show will demonstrate Agnes Martin as one of the pre-eminent painters of the twentieth century. It will showcase many of Martin's little known early experiments within a range of media, while following her work and its development through to her mesmerising striped canvas pieces. Since her death in 2004 Martin's legacy has lived on through influences in fashion and photography, which will be seen and recognised from pieces in the exhibition. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. ‘Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness’ Martin wrote ‘one cannot make works of art’.
Agnes Martin is co-curated at Tate Modern by Frances Morris, Head of Collections International Art at Tate Modern and Tiffany Bell, Artifex Press Editor, Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné, with Dr Lena Fritsch, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
Tate Modern, London
3 June – 11 October 2015