By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

ISBN-10: 3893223754

ISBN-13: 9783893223756

Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of ideas yet look as an alternative as contemplative, intuitive symptoms. Her "floating abstractions," during which traces and unfastened bands of colour emerge virtually imperceptibly, might be reproduced in basic terms with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although not at all meant as programmatic statements--offer beneficial readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings quite often. due to the fact its unique book in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a basic rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of making a choice on herself along with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of artwork is . . . the renewal of thoughts of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded through critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion by way of the writer of "silent paintings."

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It is not sometimes more and sometimes less. It is our awareness of happiness that goes up and down. Happiness is our real condition. It is reality. It is life. In this life, life is represented by beauty and happiness. If you are completely unaware of them you are not alive. The times when you are not aware of beauty and happiness you are not alive. When we see life we call it beauty. It is magnificent - wonderful. We may be looking at the ocean when we are aware of beauty 135 but it is not the ocean.

We think that we practice restraint in order to avoid frustrations. But restraint is not possible because we have to do wha t we have to do. We are most concerned because having experienced joy we know that it prevails and we think that with violence, destructiveness, possessiveness and frustration we are off the track. The transcendent response that is free from and unrelated to the concrete environment is so blissful and seems so much more innocent that we wish to seek to maintain it at the expense of a concrete response.

It is really far from us. We are no more capable of having it than the infant that tries to eat it. But our happiness lies in our moments of awareness of it. The function of art work is the stimulation of sensibilities, the renewal of memories of moments of perfection. There is only one way in which artists can serve this function of art. There is only one way in which successful works of art can be made. To make works of art that stimulate sensibilities and renew moments of perfection an artist must recognize the works that illustrate his own moments of perfection.

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