Agnes Martin 1912 - 2004 Abstract Expressionism/ New York School, Minimalism Painters
Agnes Martin was born in Macklin, Canada but moved to the U.S. in 1931 and became a U.S. citizen in 1950. She studied at Columbia University and taught at the University of New Mexico. In 1958 she had her first solo exhibition. Martin was a prominent exponent of geometric abstraction and known for her gray grid of intersecting penciled lines became the ultimate geometric composition. Her gridlike abstractions were also noted for their light-soaked appearance and quiet effect. In the 1970s she produced printed equivalents of her paintings; a notable series of silkscreens, On a Clear Day, was produced after her mathematically annotated sketches. Martin was one of the leading practitioners of Abstract Expressionism in the 20th century.