Analysis Of Martin 's ' All Things Agnes Martin ' Essay
The Guggenheim 's official biography about Martin, best summarizes her work:
At the age of thirty, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Martin decided to become an artist. In 1947, she settled in New Mexico and devoted herself to painting, eventually developing an abstract style informed by Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. In 1957, on the advice of the New York gallerist Betty Parsons, she relocated to Coenties Slip in lower Manhattan, where her friends and neighbors included artists Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman. By the late 1950s, Martin’s biomorphic works were supplanted by highly simplified geometric abstractions... Over the next six years Martin’s understated compositions evolved into subtle, dynamic monochromes featuring penciled grids on large, square, minimally prepared canvases.
While living in New York she was influenced by members of the movement:
Among her immediate neighbors were Robert Indiana, Jack Youngerman, Ann Wilson and Lenore Tawney, to whom she was particularly close. (They formed a kind of book club of two, reading Blake, Lao Tzu, Gertrude Stein and St. Teresa aloud to each other.) Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg lived…