Agnes Martin

Tate Modern
June 3–October 11, 2015

Curated by Tiffany Bell, Lena Fritsch, and Frances Morris

What is it we talk about when we talk about Agnes Martin? I wondered this recently at the Hirshhorn Museum, as I watched several couples blissfully gravitate to the same stately painting, exclaiming: “An Agnes Martin!” A towering figure, Martin honed a practice that is instantly recognizable and widely revered—though neither condition is necessarily good for deep consideration. This expansive survey promises a compelling overview of fifty years of production (1954–2004) and occasions a thorough catalogue addressing the full range of Martin’s work and influential writings. The show will include some obscure surprises—from early experiments in sculpture to late geometrics, but, more important, it may refocus its viewers on nuances in the familiar. Martin must be seen and reseen in person, otherwise she’s loved into neglect. Travels to the K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Nov. 7, 2015–Feb. 2016; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Apr. 24–Sept. 11, 2016; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, dates TBA.