The Easel

Archives: The Paris Review

8th August 2017

Agnes Martin Finds the Light That Gets Lost

An elegant appreciation of Agnes Martin and her grid paintings. “It’s not hard to imagine her with a brush or a pencil in hand, moving across her rectangular grid with quiet intention—indeed, that’s likely why she identified not with minimalism but with abstract expressionism. [This painting] is blue. Not the blue of the sky … but a rich, lapis-lazuli blue, a marbled blue with a tone of violet in it. This is a material blue, a touchable blue.”