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By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

ISBN-10: 3893223754

ISBN-13: 9783893223756

Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of principles yet seem as a substitute as contemplative, intuitive symptoms. Her "floating abstractions," during which traces and unfastened bands of colour emerge nearly imperceptibly, may be reproduced in basic terms with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although by no means meant as programmatic statements--offer important readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings in most cases. given that its unique ebook in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a primary rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of deciding on herself along with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of paintings is . . . the renewal of thoughts of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded by means of critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion by way of the author of "silent paintings."

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They realized that the mind knows what the eye has not seen but that what the mind knows is perfection. They determined that with the help of the conscious mind to attain to perfection. Because the Greeks sought the guidance of their conscious mind their work is very inspiring to us. Because they were inspired we are inspired by their work. Work that is guided by the conscious mind is immediately responded to by others. It is very easy to see how Greek art has been a very for-lifeagainst-death action.

For everyone whose mind is not clouded over with thoughts whether they realize it or not. Most people have no realization whatever of the moments in which they are inspired. 61 Inspiration is pervasive but not a power. It's a peaceful thing. It is a consolation even to plants and animals. Do not think that it is unique. If it were unique no one would be able to respond to your work. Do not think it is reserved for a few or anything like that. It is an untroubled mind. Of course we know that an untroubled state of mind cannot last.

The happiness of every liYing thing is what we want. We want it very much but we cannot bring it about. We cannot make even one individual happy. It seems that this thing that we want most of all is out of our reach. But we were born to serve happiness and we do serve it. The confusion is due to our lack of awareness of real happiness. Happiness is pervasive. It is everywhere. And everywhere the same . \nd it is forever. When people are really happy they say: "This will last forever e,'en after death", and that is true.

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