Agnes Martin

A Quote by Agnes Martin on jackson pollock, ecstasy, painting, and art

Pollock was terrific. I think he freed himself of all kinds of worry about this world. Ran around and dripped, and then he managed to express ecstasy.

Agnes Martin

Source: Simon, Joan. “Perfection Is In The Mind: An Interview with Agnes Martin” (1995), Art in America, May 1996.

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on painting, art, and perfection

You can’t make a perfect painting. We can see perfection in our minds. But we can’t make a perfect painting.

Agnes Martin

Source: Simon, Joan. “Perfection Is In The Mind: An Interview with Agnes Martin” (1995), Art in America, May 1996.

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art, nature, and painting

There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall .... Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into  it .... as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.

Agnes Martin

Source: Agnes Martin exhibition catalogue, 1996

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on feelings, art, music, happiness, abstract, and expression

It’s not about facts, it’s about feelings. It’s about remembering feelings and happiness.  A definition of art is that it makes concrete our most subtle emotions. I think the highest form of art is music. It’s the most abstract of all art expression.

Agnes Martin

Source: Tarlow, Lois. Art New England, April-May, 1994.

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art and painting

My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They’re just horizontal lines. There’s not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on transcendence, beauty, and art

What I say is that we’re capable of a transcendent response, and I think it makes us happpy. And I do think beauty produces a transcendent response.

Agnes Martin

Source: Simon, Joan. “Perfection Is In The Mind: An Interview with Agnes Martin” (1995), Art in America, May 1996.

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on painting, art, and perfection

I hope I have made it clear that the work is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but that the paintings are very far from being perfect — completely removed in fact — even as we ourselves are.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on happiness

What we really want to do is serve happiness. We want everyone to be happy, never unhappy even for a moment. We want the animals to be happy. The happiness of every living thing is what we want.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art, beauty, mystery, mind, and perfection


When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on mind, beauty, mystery, perfection, and transcendence

I think our minds respond to things beyond this world. Take beauty: it’s a very mysterious thing, isn’t it?  I think it’s a response in our minds to perfection. It’s too bad, people not realizing that their minds expand beyond this world.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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