Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color to Open at Pace Gallery in May, 2021




Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color. Pace Gallery; Above: Agnes Martin, Desert Flower, 1985, acrylic and pencil on linen, 72-1/8″ x 72-1/8″ (183.2 cm x 183.2 cm) © Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pace Gallery is pleased to present a monographic exhibition dedicated to the paintings of Agnes Martin, whose work left an indelible mark on the history of modern and contemporary art and has continued to inspire generations of artists. For Martin, painting was defined by an ongoing exploration of its capacity to express a vision of beauty born of intuitive inspiration. Featuring a range of paintings from the 1970s to the early 1990s, from Martin’s multicolored striped works, to compositions of color washed bands defined by hand-drawn lines, to the deep gray Black Paintings that characterized her work in the late 1980s, this exhibition examines Martin’s attentive use of color in each of these phases. Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color traces this evolution within the context of Martin’s broadening vision during the latter half of her career—one that crystalized her pursuit of perfection and quest to deepen her understanding of painting’s essence, unattached to emotion or subject, yet radiant and meditative in its pure abstraction.

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