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Agnes Martin

Pace Gallery And Robert Elkon Gallery

Agnes Martin showed 10 recent paintings at Pace, while a selection of earlier paintings was on exhibition at Elkon. We are familiar with the grid paintings of the ’60s. They are true interior landscapes, suggesting an illusive sense of place embodied in a rigorous and delicate structure. They were never meant to be Minimalist paintings that referred only to their own process. One can “see through” the process to a meditative plane that is both surface and vista.

What seems to have happened with the new work is that the artist has literally entered her subject matter. She left New York to live in New Mexico and, after several years of not painting, has returned to making her art. The new paintings are less demanding than her earlier work. Although still tough and austere in their format, they seem so true to the light and space of the Southwest that they invite us to enter a landscape that

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