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Left: Agnes Martin, The Islands, 1961. © 2017 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy Pace Gallery

Right: Agnes Martin, Untitled #5, 1998. © 2017 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery


Artifex Press is pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné, Agnes Martin: Paintings, edited by Tiffany Bell. This publication is the product of more than seven years of research into the artist’s work and represents the most definitive and comprehensive study of Martin’s oeuvre to date. It joins a growing roster of catalogues raisonnés published by Artifex Press, including those for Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Tim Hawkinson, and James Siena.

Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is known for quietly serene paintings that use the subtleties of line, surface, color, and proportion in geometric compositions of grids and stripes. Her focused body of work, which evolved over years of exploration of form and content, has informed and influenced several generations of artists, scholars, and art enthusiasts. Commencing with student paintings from the late 1940s, the Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné provides complete documentation of more than 630 paintings, constructions (mixed media collages and assemblages), and the film Gabriel. Many of the works are documented in this catalogue for the first time. The catalogue contains approximately 1500 high-resolution photographs, and a zoom feature allows for extremely detailed views of the artworks. Comprehensive exhibition and literature histories are available for each artwork record, in addition to indexes of all solo and group exhibitions, and six bibliographies. Provenance information is detailed on each artwork page.

The Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné includes exclusive content such as previously unpublished manuscripts and pictures of the artist, in addition to many newly commissioned photographs of artworks. An Audio, Video, and Film Archive compiles multimedia pertaining to Martin’s art and also includes content exclusive to the catalogue. The Artist’s Writings and Interviews bibliography directs readers to published records of Martin discussing her art and life in her own words. An illustrated chronology provides a thoroughly researched and in-depth chronicle of the artist’s life.

A second volume of the Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné, which will include unique works on paper, is forthcoming. Current and past owners are encouraged to contact Tiffany Bell at MartinCR@artifexpress.com.

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