In these teacher materials, students will explore the relationship between building form and function and be introduced to the concept of functional mythology—that the building takes the shape base
Agnes Martin (American, 1912-2004)
Acrylic and graphite on canvas, Framed: 184.5 x 184.5 x 3 cm (72 5/8 x 72 5/8 x 1 3/16 in.); Unframed: 182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in.). Gift of Agnes Gund in memory of Wenda von Wiese 1991.30
In this painting, Martin uses a measured system of horizontal and vertical blue lines to create a rectangular grid over a warm white, faintly modulated surface. Purified of all nonessential elements, the painting demonstrates Martin's use of a minimalist vocabulary combined with emotional expressionism. She enriched the grid with subtle variations of light and pattern, texture and touch. Within these limited compositional elements, Martin achieves a quiet, private poetry.
New York, Marlborough Gallery, Selected Works from the Collection of Carter Burden, 1974, p. 23.The Art of Collecting Modern Art: An Exhibition of Works from the Collections of Clevelanders, Feb. 12 - March 30, 1986.New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Agnes Martin, 1959-1969, 1991.CMA 1991: "Notable Acquisitions," CMA Bulletin, 78 (June 1991), p. 105, repr.The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/01/2007); "CMA @ Akron"
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