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Guggenheim Opening Major Agnes Martin Retrospective on Oct. 7

Art RealClearLife Staff
Agnes Martin Painting
Visitors look at ‘White Flower’ by artist Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City is set to open a major retrospective of abstract artist Agnes Martin on October 7. The exhibition will include Martin’s paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and film. The artist, who was born in Canada but became a U.S. citizen in 1950, lived and taught in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Martin’s work is characterized by simple, abstractions such as squares, grids, lines, and single colors, with only subtle variations. This is not her first time at the Guggenheim; in ’66, her work was part of the Systemic Painting exhibition, which covered New York’s top Minimalist artists. Preview five of her paintings that will be on display in October below. Plan a visit to the Guggenheim here.

Agnes Martin Retrospective
Agnes Martin’s ‘Mid Winter’ [1954], oil on canvas (Taos Municipal Art Collection, New Mexico, © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York)
Agnes Martin Retrospective
Agnes Martin’s ‘White Flower’ [1960], oil on canvas (Kristopher McKay/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/© 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York)
Agnes Martin Retrospective
Agnes Martin’s ‘Little Sister’ [1962]; oil, ink, and brass nails on canvas and wood sheet (Kristopher McKay/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift; Andrew Powie Fuller and Geraldine Spreckels Fuller Collection/© 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York)
Agnes Martin Retrospective
Agnes Martin’s ‘Untitled #15’ [1988]; acrylic paint and graphite on canvas (Saravuth Neou/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of The American Art Foundation in honor of Charlotte and Irving Rabb, 1977/© 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York)
Agnes Martin Retrospective
Agnes Martin’s ‘Untitled #5’ [1988]; acrylic paint and graphite on canvas (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf/© 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York)