The May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction is almost here. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a watercolor, graphite, and ink work on paper from 1977 by Agnes Martin: director Peter Loughrey’s auction pick of the day. This lot retains Pace Gallery and Margo Leavin Gallery labels and will be offered at auction for the first time.
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Canadian-born Agnes Martin (1912—2004) was a major figure of 1950s and 1960s abstraction, known for her square-format works with all-over grid patterns, rendered in paint and graphite. Described as an artist who bridged Abstract Expressionism with Minimalism, arguably too, she exhibited an austere North American pragmatism, influenced by Protestantism. In a similar vein, her belief in the tenets of Zen Buddhism aligns with her oeuvre’s classical refrains. Martin’s paintings evoke ancient (Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese) ideals–simplicity and perfection, or a search for solitude. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that a horizontal watercolor by Martin will be offered in the May 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction.