Agnes Martin (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: A leading American artist of the style of minimalism in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Agnes Martin persevered in her commitment to art as a means of spiritual expression to become one of the few women artists of the twentieth century to achieve recognition and success.
Born on a farm in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, on March 22, 1912, Agnes Bernice Martin grew up in a pioneer family in Vancouver, British Columbia, and moved to Bellingham, Washington, in 1919, where she attended high school and college. She went on to receive a degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City, majoring in fine arts and art education. After working for four years as an art teacher, she moved to New Mexico looking for new opportunities and the environment to pursue her own work, away from the complexities of city life. She taught in a number of art programs in high schools and colleges in New Mexico and received early recognition for her own work with the receipt of scholarships and awards. In 1950, Agnes Martin became a United States citizen.
The experience of living in the beauty and open spaces of the West would always be inspirational to her work, despite a number of return trips to New York to complete her education and earn a Masters of Arts degree in 1952. Although her early work was dominated by landscapes and floating abstract shapes, in the period of postgraduate...
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