Untitled IX

1982

Object

Artist

Agnes Martin, American, 1912-2004
Born: Macklin, SK
Work Locations: New York, NY; Taos, NM

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1984.109

Medium/Technique

Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas

Credit

Funds from the Alliance for Contemporary Art and the Acquisition Challenge Grant

More Info

Dimensions

height: 72 1/2 in, 184.1500 cm; width: 72 1/4 in, 183.5150 cm; frame height: 72 5/8 in, 184.4675 cm; frame width: 72 1/2 in, 184.1500 cm; frame depth: 1 1/2 in, 3.8100 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Agnes Martin
Untitled IX, 1982
Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas
Funds from the Alliance for Contemporary Art and the Acquisition Challenge Grant, 1984.109

Extended Info

In her pursuit of the sublime, Agnes Martin combines the states of feeling expressed by the abstract expressionists with the reductive vocabulary of minimalism. There is very little happening in "Untitled IX." Dozens of fine, slightly irregular pencil lines run horizontally across a canvas not quite white, not quite pink, but a luminous hue between the two. If this is all we see, the artist is pleased. “[My work is about] light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form. You can go directly in if you don’t encounter anything,” she wrote. “Accept the necessity of the simple, the direct; go into a field of vision as if you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.”

Exhibition History

  • "Contemporary British Artists"--Denver Art Museum, 11/14/1998 - 7/11/1999
  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003