The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 20, 2018

The City, 1966

acrylic and graphite on canvas, Framed: 184.5 x 184.5 x 3 cm (72 5/8 x 72 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.); Unframed: 182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in.). Gift of Agnes Gund in memory of Wenda von Wiese 1991.30

In this painting, Martin uses a measured system of horizontal and vertical blue lines to create a rectangular grid over a warm white, faintly modulated surface. Purified of all nonessential elements, the painting demonstrates Martin's use of a minimalist vocabulary combined with emotional expressionism. She enriched the grid with subtle variations of light and pattern, texture and touch. Within these limited compositional elements, Martin achieves a quiet, private poetry.

New York, Marlborough Gallery, Selected Works from the Collection of Carter Burden, 1974, p. 23.
The Art of Collecting Modern Art: An Exhibition of Works from the Collections of Clevelanders, Feb. 12 - March 30, 1986.
New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Agnes Martin, 1959-1969, 1991.
CMA 1991: "Notable Acquisitions," CMA Bulletin, 78 (June 1991), p. 105, repr.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/01/2007); "CMA @ Akron"

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