The Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné comprises two volumes: Agnes Martin: Paintings, published in 2017, and Agnes Martin: Works on Paper, published in 2019.
The first volume, Agnes Martin: Paintings provides complete documentation of more than 630 paintings from Martin's student paintings from the late 1940s through her final works in 2004. Also included are some half dozen constructions (mixed media collages and assemblages) and her one film, Gabriel.
The second volume, Agnes Martin: Works on Paper, contains entries for more than four hundred ink and graphite drawings and watercolors from Martin’s mature phase (1959 to 2004), as well as some thirty of her earliest known works, many uncovered during the research process. Though relatively modest in number, Martin’s works on paper form an important part of her oeuvre. The artist made no hierarchical distinction between works on paper and works on canvas, often blurring the definitional boundaries between them by drawing on canvas and painting on paper. Martin’s works on paper are unique artworks in their own right, not studies for paintings, and contribute to a more complete understanding of her overall approach to art-making.
Combined, the two volumes contain approximately 2,100 high-resolution photographs, which can be viewed in detail using the zoom feature. Chapters and filters group the works by mediums and motifs, allowing scholars, curators, and collectors to consider the similarities and differences between related works. Multimedia highlights include never-before-published manuscripts, pictures of the artist, audio recordings, and video files, in addition to many newly commissioned photographs of artworks. Other notable content includes an illustrated chronology, three essays by Editor Tiffany Bell, and six bibliographies, one of which is specific to the Artist’s Writings and Interviews.
The Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné is the product of more than ten years of research into the artist’s work and represents the most definitive and comprehensive study of Martin’s oeuvre to date. The catalogue will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
Praise for the Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné
"The Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné assembled by Tiffany Bell and published by Artifex Press is a superb achievement. It contains biographical material that is as fascinating as it is thorough, presenting a wealth of new information about a notoriously complicated artist. Together with the lucid, meticulously researched, and easily navigable digest of Martin’s work in every medium, it will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the artist’s peerless and enormously influential work."
Nancy Princenthal, author of Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
“Agnes Martin: Paintings is the authoritative text on all things related to Agnes Martin. Not only is it an invaluable resource for scholars, but it is also an accessible database for all those who are captivated by her enigmatic paintings. The depth and quality of Tiffany Bell's research is astounding, evidenced by the multitude of new discoveries that are included in this Catalogue Raisonné."
Christopher Régimbal, senior exhibitions manager at the National Gallery of Canada and author of Agnes Martin: Life & Work
“A companion to Tiffany Bell’s meticulously researched Agnes Martin: Paintings, published in 2017, Agnes Martin: Works on Paper is likewise an apotheosis of the genre. Rarely seen and largely unknown works are here reproduced with astounding visual clarity, supported and contextualized by a trove of related texts and multi-media resources. To see Martin’s revelatory early landscapes and figures, as well as her biomorphic forms and later grids, is to better understand the artist. This is an unparalleled resource, something closer to a gift.”
Suzanne Hudson, Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts, University of Southern California, and author of Agnes Martin: Night Sea
Agnes Martin: Paintings and Agnes Martin: Works on Paper are bundled into a single subscription. Subscribers to Agnes Martin: Paintings will also receive Agnes Martin: Works on Paper.
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Editor Tiffany Bell introduces Agnes Martin: Paintings: