Pace celebrates the opening of Agnes Martin’s retrospective at Tate Modern. It is the artist’s first retrospective since her death in 2004.
A seminal artist of the twentieth century, Martin left an indelible impact on the history of art with her delicate handling of line and color. Her development of a grid in the late 1950s wherein she gently inscribed penciled lines over subtle fields of color marked a turning point in the history of abstract painting and established the geometric and spatial language that she continued to refine over the ensuing decades. Kindred with the Abstract Expressionists and an advocate of pure abstraction, Martin viewed her paintings as a pursuit of perfection, seeking to imbue every work with a sense of joy and beauty. “In our minds there is an awareness of perfection and when we look with our eyes we see it,” Martin wrote.
Following the presentation at Tate Modern, the retrospective will travel to Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
The sole representative of Martin’s estate, Pace first exhibited the artist’s work in 1975 when it mounted her first exhibition of new work following her seven-year hiatus from painting.
The exhibition is on view from 3 June through 11 October. For further information, click here.