Agnes Martin: YouTube videos

At 88, Agnes Martin, in one YouTube video says:agnes-martin-2 “I think of nothing but painting. The older I get, the more I like to paint. It grows on you.” I’m in love! My painting life has taken me from boisterous, poly-chromatic painting in oil to much more subdued, pastel and white painting with acrylic, keeping it as light as I can. So while I was waiting for 2 large white acrylic skins to cure, I sat down, cat in lap, to view Agnes Martin videos on YouTube. The playlist has a whopping 146 videos, probably a week’s worth of viewing. The interviews with Martin, although brief, are inspiring. We get to see a lot of her art, which even if you are viewing them on a big screen TV, are still hard to see. The interview with Arne Glimcher, her long time gallery representative, is excellent – must read his book. Martin’s advice to not let ideas interfere, that too much thought makes inspiration disappear, is too true. How many times do we mess things up by making them too complicated? So next week I will watch more Agnes Martin videos and pick up a biography.


Author: Mary Donlan

I am a visual artist living and painting in St. Thomas, ON, Canada. This blog will be about abstract art - exhibitions I've visited, books I've read, and about my adventures with social media.

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