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Interview with an Artist: Agnes Martin

After hearing the lectures of Zen Buddhist scholar D.T. Suzuki, Agnes Martin became interested in Asian thought as a “code of ethics [and] a practical how-to for getting through life.”

It was probably at least partially this influence that led Agnes Martin to train herself to empty her mind and avoid societal influences like reading the newspaper, which when she died at 92, it was said she hadn’t read in 50 years. (Wikipedia)

The result of all this: She was able to let inspiration come to her and avoid the over-intellectualizing that is rampant among so many contemporary artists.

Her work is her purest “depiction” of her inspiration, and it may be as close as visual art can get to music, which she considered the highest form of art.

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