Martin , Praise, 1976. Rubber stamp print, edition
1000. 16 3/8x16 5/16 inches.
Born in 1912 in Maklin, Saskatchewan.
Praise is one of Agnes Martin's many configurations of the grid--an
almost life-long dedication to the Minimalist form. Martin was considered
a member of the Minimalists, artists who came to prominence in the 1960s
New York art scene. However, her work differed conceptually: it was anti-intellectual
and intensely spiritual, and her grids represent meditative reflections
based on Taoism. For years, Martin worked only in black, white, and occasionally
Praise appeared after a ten-year hiatus in the Southwest, which
led her to introduce light shades and background color to her grids. By
using the rubber stamp technique, Martin further removes the hand (and
ego) of the artist from the image.
Martin has avoided the feminist movement, just as she has avoided any
overtly political topics. She once said, "It is not the role of the artist
to worry about life--to feel responsible for creating a better world."