Agnes Martin was born in 1912 in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada and died in 2004 in Taos, NM, USA.
Composed of lines or grids and fields of delicate colors, Agnes Martin’s drawings, engravings and paintings are closer to Abstract Expressionism than to an ascetic Minimalism. The Canadian–American artist’s first experiments with painting were rooted in her observation of the desert in New Mexico, where she lived in the 1940s. From the end of the 1950s, she chose to cover her monochromatic paintings with evanescent horizontal and vertical lines. There was nothing automatic, however, about her use of these grids, which she drew freehand; the system of coordinates changes scale and rhythm from one work to another. “Anything,” she said in 1972, “can be painted without representation.”
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Luogo e Segni' (2019) at Punta della Dogana.