Agnes Martin

Untitled #10 (1995)

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. ‘Untitled #10’ was initially exhibited in 1995 at Pace Wildenstein Gallery in New York as part of the first series of paintings Martin produced after moving from a remote rural area in New Mexico to a new studio and home in the town of Taos. This series of untitled and sequentially numbered paintings were inspired by the New Mexico desert landscape.

  • title: Untitled #10
  • accession number: AL00194
  • artist: Agnes MartinAmerican (1912 - 2004)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 1995
  • measurements: 152.40 x 152.40 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright: © Estate of Agnes Martin
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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.