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Agnes Martin, Untitled #5, 1991

Agnes Martin


Agnes Martin

Untitled #5, 1991

Lithograph on vellum parchment
12 3/4 × 12 3/4 × 3/4 in
32.4 × 32.4 × 1.9 cm
Edition of 2500
This exquisite lithograph on thin vellum parchment paper is based on Agnes Martin's painting, Untitled #5, exhibited at the artist's Stedelijk Museum retrospective in 1990. It could easily be mistaken for a graphite drawing. Martin has said she believed music to be the highest art form, so it is not accidental that this elegantly restrained composition is on translucent vellum, similar to musical parchment. It was originally published to accompany the deluxe edition portfolio for Martin's 1991 retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. It was created under Agnes Martin's direct supervision. Martin was rarely involved in the promotional materials for her exhibitions, but she was actively involved in the creation of the publications for this show. Despite her close association with the Minimalists, Martin described her work as Abstract Expressionist in line with Rothko's. As Mark Stevens, one of the portfolio contributors wrote, "Martin is closest to Rothko and his moody geometries, though she whispers where he rumbles. She became recognized for her delicate use of pencil and sparing application of color."
Nemela & Lenzen GmbH, Monchengladback & Stedelijk Museum, Printer: Lecturis, Eindhoven


Height:   12.75
Width:   12.75
Depth:   0.50