Agnes Bernice Martin (1912 – 2004) was a Canadian-born American abstract expressionist painter. A pioneer of her time, Agnes Martin never publicly expressed her sexuality, but has been described as a closeted homosexual but her works was included in the landmark exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, USA (2010) and now the new 2018 biography, Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon, uncovers several romantic relationships between Martin and other women, including the dealer Betty Parsons.
Since her first solo exhibition in 1958 at the Betty Parsons gallery Agnes Martin’s works has been the subject of more than 85 solo shows and two retrospectives. Posthumous her works has also been extensively exhibited including the recent retrospective travelling exhibition Agnes Martin, of her works from the 1950’s through 2004 (organized and exhibited by Tate Modern, London in 2015), which travelled to Germany and the US (LACMA and the Guggenheim) in 2016.
Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon
Biography by Henry Martin
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc. (March 14, 2018)
About the Book: in this intimate and revealing biography of Agnes Martin readers will learn of Agnes Martin’s bouts with mental illness, her several significant lesbian relationships, and her lifelong yearning for recognition despite her reclusive lifestyle and need for privacy.
Agnes Martin: Night Sea (Afterall Books / One Work)
by Suzanne P. Hudson
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Afterall Books (January 13, 2017)
Drawing the Line: The Early Work of Agnes Martin
by Christina Bryan Rosenberger
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (July 19, 2016)
Amazon on the Book: ‘beginning with Agnes Martin’s initiation into artistic language at the University of New Mexico and concluding with the reception of her grid paintings in New York in the early 1960s, Rosenberger offers vivid descriptions of the networks of art, artists, and information that moved between New Mexico and the creative centers of New York and California in the postwar period’ [which Agnes Martin was a part of].
Agnes Martin and Me
by Donald Woodman
Foreword by Jonathan D. Katz
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Lyon Artbooks (January 31, 2016)
About the Book: ‘Seven years as assistant, friend, and sometime adversary of the celebrated painter Agnes Martin are engagingly recalled in this illustrated memoir by photographer Donald Woodman’.
Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
by Nancy Princenthal
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)
Amazon on the Book: ‘the first biography of visionary artist Agnes Martin, one of the most original and influential painters of the postwar period’.