Agnes Martin

I Love the Whole World (1999)

About this artwork

Agnes Martin’s paintings usually comprise horizontal bands of pale colour separated by faint hand-drawn pencil lines. Characterised by geometric abstraction, repetition and simplicity, her work is often associated with Minimalism but it also alludes to emotional states more characteristic of the Abstract Expressionists. Martin wrote that all her work, "is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but the paintings are very far from being perfect – completely removed in fact – even as we ourselves are". This is one of a series of paintings from the 1990s in which the artist used titles that evoke happy memories from the past.

  • title: I Love the Whole World
  • accession number: AL00193
  • artist: Agnes MartinAmerican (1912 - 2004)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: 152.40 x 152.40 cm (framed: 154.30 x 154.30 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright: © Estate of Agnes Martin
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin was born in Canada but moved to the United States in 1932, becoming an American citizen in 1950. Her paintings were representational until the mid-1950s. By 1964, she had fully developed her characteristic style of canvases covered with a grid structure. In a manner similar to that employed by Mondrian as well as by contemporary minimalist artists, Martin's use of grids asserts the flatness of the picture plane and suggests a meditative spirituality. Her work avoids personal and biographical references as well as influences from nature. Martin has also written extensively on art.