Sunday 10 February, 2pm
Agnes Martin Before the Grid (Dir. Kathleen Brennan, 2016) Dur. 55 mins.
This film will be introduced and followed by a discussion led by Alice Butler, writer and co-curator of aemi. Free, no booking is required.
Agnes Martin is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Before she died in 2004 at the age of ninety-two her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world's greatest museums. Martin was respected and achieved the art world’s highest awards. She painted for twenty-three years, until she reached a style she was happy with in 1964. Her time in New York in the early sixties saw her create what are now called her grid paintings. Despite many interviews, very little was known about her life, particularly her life before 1958, the year of her first solo show in New York.
A documentary film, by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman, captures little known stories as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well and give insight into Martin's personality and development of her creative process. https://www.beforethegrid.org/