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Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of principles yet look as a substitute as contemplative, intuitive indicators. Her "floating abstractions," during which traces and loose bands of colour emerge nearly imperceptibly, could be reproduced in basic terms with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although not at all meant as programmatic statements--offer important readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings regularly. for the reason that its unique ebook in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a basic rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of opting for herself along with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of artwork is . . . the renewal of thoughts of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded through critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion by way of the author of "silent paintings."

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As in the night. To penetrate the night is one thing. But to be penetrated by the night that is to be overtaken. Defeated, exhausted and helpless you will perhaps go a little bit further. Helplessness, even a mild state of helplessness is extremely hard to bear. Moments of helplessness are moments of blindness. One feels as though something terrible has happened without knowing what it is. One feels as though one is in the outer darkness or as though one has made some terrible error - a fatal error.

I have come to tell you the easiest way to find an answer to this question. " Then you must watch your mind to see the response that it is making to life. You will discover the true response that you yourself make to life undistorted by the ideas of others. You will make discoveries every day and they will all be very helpful. Just as consciousness of the sublime is the path of life so is self knowledge the path of life. Neither consciousness nor self knowledge can be pursued socially. In groups we can compare our observations of life but life itself is lived by individuals.

What we hope is the opposite. I have known some very young artists who are familiar with the Dragon und know many of his ways. They also recognize fear and are independent of judgement. They recognize themselves as mere shadows in reality. They like to be alone and seem to have had plenty of practice of being alone since early childhood. All that is a tremendous head start in art work and these artists are correctly recognized as geniuses. We will all get there someday however and do the work that we are supposed to do.

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