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AGNES MARTIN: NIGHT SEA. Suzanne Hudson. Afterall Books, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, 2016. One Work. Distributed in the U.S.A. by MIT Press, Cambridge. 96 pp. with 16 col. ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781846381713 In English.
Due date: October 2016. Publisher's description: Agnes Martin's Night Sea (1963) is a large canvas of hand-drawn rectangular grids painted in luminous blue and gold. In this illustrated study, Suzanne Hudson presents the painting as the work of an artist who was also a thinker, poet, and writer for whom self-presentation was a necessary part of making her works public. With Night Sea, Hudson argues, Martin (1912-2004) created a shimmering realization of control and loss that stands alone within her suite of classic grid paintings as an exemplary and exceptional achievement. Hudson offers a close examination of Night Sea and its position within Martin's long and prolific career, during which the artist destroyed many works as she sought forms of perfection within self-imposed restrictions of color and line. For Hudson, Night Sea stands as the last of Martin's process-based works before she turned from oil to acrylic and sought to express emotions of lightness and purity unburdened by evidence of human struggle. Drawing from a range of archival records, Hudson attempts to draw together the facts surrounding the work, which were at times obfuscated by the artist's desire for privacy. Critical responses of the time give a sense of the impact of the work and that which followed it.
Artist(s):Martin, Agnes
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174283
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