"To progress in life, you must give up the things you do not like." Agnes Martin
Sometime ago, I visited the Gagosian Gallery and found a book with essays by Agnes Martin in her own handwriting (!). An essay that she wrote about Beauty and the Way of the Artist particularly struck me. The writing was so pure, truthful, and joyful about life that I wanted to purchase the book. Alas, the book was 1st edition, printed in the 80s and it wasn’t for sale at the gallery. Further research showed that the book was out of print and it is worth $1500.00.
Just this past weekend, I found Agnes Martin’s essay online. You are stoked. And i’m linking it here for your enjoyment. Please share it with your friends.
When I think of her paintings and of what she was able to communicate in this written work, it’s clear to me that she was was enlightened. I’m saying that she is a big deal, an exemplary figure. By the way, she built her house in the Southwest by hand. Bitches.
Agnes Martin. Next level.
If you haven’t seen her paintings, you may attempt a search on Google Image and try to evaluate it from thumbnails. It’s fun, but not as rewarding as seeing her work in person. If you live in NYC, one of her paintings is usually on display at the Gagosian Gallery uptown. Go, and be transformed, Skywalker.
I hope to visit her home in the Southwest one day.