In the opposite, her life is a poignant fleeing from madness. She is subject to auditory hallucinations and catatonic trances and a paranoid schizophrenia has been diagnosed. In the big city, she forgets who and where she is, accepts exhibitions but rejects fame and catalogs. She once said that she is not a woman. It seems that her illness was aggravated by an upset homosexuality that she never confessed.
She decides in 1967 to go to the West. In her case, it is the best therapy. She lives alone without being actually isolated but refuses any help. In her wanderings in the desert she builds her own shelter huts. Old age will help Agnes to retrieve some social life but she deliberately ignores some usual aspects of it. She had never read a newspaper again.
From 1967 to 1974 she stopped painting. On November 15 in New York, Christie's sells an acrylic and graphite 183 x 183 cm made in the next phase of her career, in 1983, lot 13 A estimated $ 5M.
This untitled opus consists of ten identical gray rectangles, equidistant and of equal width on a lighter gray background whose brightness has been carefully crafted. Agnes remembered from Rothko both mysticism and rectangles but did not imitate him. Her rectangles display a perfect sharpness.
The art of Agnes Martin is minimalist without being simple. The difficulty for this demanding artist was to avoid what she names a dissonance between the aligned position of the ten rectangles and the strictly square format of the canvas.
SOLD for $ 6.7M including premium