Oral history interview with Agnes Martin, 1989 May 15

Martin, Agnes Bernice , b. 1912 d. 2004
Painter
Active in Taos, N.M.

Size: Transcript 36 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Agnes Martin conducted 1989 May 15, by Suzan Campbell, for the Archives of American Art.

Martin speaks of her family history and early life; her immigration from Canada to the United States; her education; moving from New Mexico to New York City; her discovery of the grid; returning to New Mexico; her writing, painting and filmmaking; her philosophy of art; inspirations; themes in her art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Agnes Martin (1912-2004) was a painter and filmmaker of Galisteo, N.M.

This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding for this interview provided by the Lannan Foundation.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Agnes Martin, 1989 May 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Agnes Martin, 1989 May 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.