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Agnes Martin

The Distillation of Color

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Texts by Durga Chew-Bose, Bruce Hainley, Olivia Laing
Design by Mine Suda
Clothbound hardcover
172 pages
9 ¾ x 7 ¾”


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Agnes Martin


Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color
May 5 – Jun 26, 2021

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color, this book brings new voices to the scholarship around Martin’s work.

In a personal introduction, Pace President and CEO Marc Glimcher reflects on his time with the artist at her home in New Mexico. Lively essays by Durga Chew-Bose, Bruce Hainley, and Olivia Laing explore themes of color and solitude. Martin’s own contemplative writings and an illustrated chronology of her career from 1972 to 1992 by Andria Hickey also figure in the book, and its design and colored paper sections hint at the artist’s singular approach to painting.


Martin once talked of wanting a viewer to be able to step inside her paintings, to access the pure land she’d documented and secured. But part of the extraordinary nature of her work is that it also attests to the enormous danger, risk, labor that such a vision required.

Olivia Laing


Martin’s lines and the elliptical extent of her repetition oblige of the viewer a participatory rhythm that lingers long after we have moved on from one of her pieces. Alongside-ness is one way of identifying the effect of her work; never coming in between, uninterrupted. Near.

Durga Chew-Bose


Agnes Martin

The Distillation of Color

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