Agnes Martin retrospective at Tate Modern, 3 June – 11 October 2015
Agnes Martin
Tate Modern: Exhibition
3 June 11 October 2015

Adult £12.00 (without donation £10.90)
Concession £10.50 (without donation £9.50)
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  • Agnes Martin, 'Happy Holiday' 1999
    Agnes Martin
    Happy Holiday 1999
    Acrylic and graphite on canvas
    support: 1525 x 1525 x 40 mm
    frame: 1545 x 1545 x 50 mm
    Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© Estate of Agnes Martin / DACS, 2009
  • Agnes Martin Untitled #3 1974
    Agnes Martin
    Untitled #3 1974
    Acrylic, graphite and gesso on canvas
  • Agnes Martin Friendship 1963
    Agnes Martin
    Friendship 1963
    incised gold leaf and gesso on canvas
  • Agnes Martin Untitled 1959 colour band
    Agnes Martin

    Untitled 1959

    Oil on canvas

Agnes Martin is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. 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’.

Martin lived and worked in New York, becoming a key figure in the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. Then in 1967, just as her art was gaining acclaim, Martin abandoned the city and went in search of solitude and silence. For almost two years she travelled across the US and Canada before finally settling in New Mexico as Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, DH Lawrence and Edward Hopper had done before her. Working within tightly prescribed limits she imposed on her own practice Martin was able to continue to make extraordinary, visionary paintings, for over three decades until her death in 2004.

This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this extensive exhibition will reveal Martin’s early and little known experiments with different media and trace her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerising grid and striped canvases that became her hallmark.

The Telegraph

Alastair Sooke, The Telegraph

A delight
The Independent 

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Martin’s art hits an exquisite sustained note

Martin Coomer, Time Out

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York