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Agnes Martin: Writings = Schriften

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Agnes Martin's abstract works adhere to no catalogue of rules but appear instead as contemplative, intuitive signs. Her "floating abstractions," in which lines and free bands of color emerge almost imperceptibly, can be reproduced only with difficulty. Her writings, on the other hand--although certainly not intended as programmatic statements--offer valuable clarity regard ...more
Published 2005 by Hatje Cantz ;Art Books International [distributor]
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Jun 14, 2010 tallulah rated it it was amazing
maybe it's just that i was feeling glee filled sunday afternoon on the bart when i started reading this book. i won't blame the context though, i'll come straight out and call it inspirational.
so this seems to be the only book on my currently reading list that i'm still reading. not that the other books are good, but maybe this one just holds more interest for me right now.
i've only one more section to read of this. i'm considering not finishing so i will always have the comfort of having more.
Amira Hanafi
While "Writings" has some morsels of helpful advice for young artists, overall I read these pieces as justifications for an isolated life devoted entirely to the making of art that is supposed to be somehow timeless and permanent.

The pieces in this book read as if they are notes towards something, and in fact they are: Agnes Martin is certainly not a writer, but a painter of abstract, "wordless" art. These are notes on a fully formed philosophy of art and life, that is communicated in a languag
Dec 01, 2012 Cody rated it liked it
Shelves: visual-art
As prefaced in the introduction, a book of Agnes Martin's writing is a strange beast, in part because Martin resisted, as much as possible, intellectualizing art (and life). What you get here isn't academic in the least—there are no painstakingly articulated theories, but, rather, a loose, conversational tone that almost borders on free verse. This “poetry” is seemingly full of riddles, but upon closer reading it's apparent that Martin means just what she says. This is a book about the importanc ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Anita rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely wonderful. I felt especially attached to this book because I actually got to speak to her on the telephone about her writings. I explained to her that i had this great pull to, for some reason read the book from the last chapter forward. Much to my surprise she said to me: Dear Anita...Only the truly creative would get that and you did. Needless to say i got a great chill from that experience and will never forget it. She remains my favorite female artist to this day. Ma ...more
Kaya Erdinç
Feb 11, 2014 Kaya Erdinç rated it it was amazing
It took a bit to get into this, which is exactly what it purports to be: "a collection of the artists studio notes, reflections, writings and lectures." I think, much like Martin's oeuvre, the writing reveals its wisdom slowly-- although I do think it's important to read the text alongside a knowledge of Martin's paintings.

There's something in here for every artist.
JSA Lowe
Jul 15, 2012 JSA Lowe rated it it was amazing
Books come along mysteriously and just in time and they totally save your bacon just when you are in the direst need. O'Keeffe's Some Memories of Drawings did this for me when I was in my twenties; this one in my forties. Thank God in her wisdom that Agnes Martin wrote down some thoughts.
Aug 22, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
So I am giving this book 5 stars because it is beautifully made and so, so interesting, but I found many of her statements so, so nuts.
Sep 25, 2007 Melipstick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone creative
open to any page and read a passage, no matter where you're at in life the passage will make sense and inspire's like magic.
Jun 17, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing
perhaps one of the most inspiring books ive ever read
Aug 31, 2007 Maria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lots of people
Recommended to Maria by: Christopher Nau
"The adventurous state of mind is a high house..."
Feb 26, 2010 julia rated it it was amazing
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one of the best books about art EVER!!!!
Jun 26, 2007 Jason added it
Recommends it for: anyone
A beautiful book, written by an amazing artist.
Deborah Barlow
Feb 09, 2009 Deborah Barlow rated it it was amazing
she's a mystic and a great artist
Wendy Ross
Sep 09, 2008 Wendy Ross rated it it was amazing
My biggest influnce. I adore Agnes.
Jun 16, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring!
Johanna Trejo
Mar 26, 2013 Johanna Trejo rated it it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2008 Tyler Wilcox rated it it was amazing
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