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Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin

American, born Canada, 1912 - 2004

Agnes Martin was born in Canada and immigrated to the United States in 1931 where she studied and worked as a teacher. It was not until she was 35 years old that Martin decided to become an artist, and it was not until 1947 that she first came to New Mexico to study at Summer Field School in Taos. Two decades later the artist returned to live and work in the high desert until her death in 2004. Martin is known for her spare grid compositions working with a neutral palette. Upon moving to Taos she was inspired to introduce pastels and delicate washes of color for the first time. (Scully, 2017).