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New Sven-Ska Photos, Helen Lundeberg, Agnes Martin, William Bartko and more

New Sven-Ska Photos, Helen Lundeberg, Agnes Martin, William Bartko and more

Two major retrospectives of women who drew inspiration from the desert are on view currently in Southern California. Agnes Martin came to New Mexico in the late 1960s and lived alone in an adobe hut on a mesa. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is now displaying the first large-scale retrospective of her minimalist work, April 24-Sept 11, 2016. Martin’s biographer, Nancy Princenthal, cautioned in a recent LA Times interview that we shouldn’t think of Martin as a clichéd desert mystic. Yet she clearly had a love for austerity and open space.  Anyone who has exulted in desert distances…

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Agnes Martin’s “The Desert” to be Auctioned for $4-6 Million

Agnes Martin’s “The Desert” to be Auctioned for $4-6 Million

A painting called simply “The Desert” is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York on May 12th, for an estimated $4-6 million. If it passes the $5.1 million mark, it will bring the highest amount ever paid for a painting by a Canadian artist.  The Saskatchewan-born artist Agnes Martin is linked to Cathedral City’s own Agnes Pelton via a groundbreaking 2009 show at the Orange County Museum of Art.  The exhibit, “Illumination”, featured four American women modernist artists (the other two were Georgia O’Keefe and Florence Miller Pierce) who were all inspired by the desert. Martin lived in…

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Agnes Martin’s “The Desert” Fails to Bring Huge Price

Agnes Martin’s “The Desert” Fails to Bring Huge Price

Art experts predicted that Agnes Martin’s painting “The Desert” would bring $4-6 million at a Sotheby’s auction in May. Instead, the minimum price was not met and the painting remains unsold—though other Martin paintings sold at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions in May. Some critics said the large work did not sell because it’s too overwhelming to be appreciated outside a gallery setting. Martin lived in the New Mexico desert most of her life, dying in 2004 in Taos. She is linked to the Cathedral City painter Agnes Pelton by a shared first name, a devotion to the desert and a…

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