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By Nancy Princenthal

The 1st biography of visionary artist Agnes Martin, some of the most unique and influential painters of the postwar interval. Over the process a occupation that spanned fifty years, Agnes Martin's austere, serene paintings expected and helped to outline Minimalism, at the same time she battled mental crises and carved out a solitary life within the American Southwest. Martin pointed out with the summary Expressionists yet her dedication to linear geometry brought on her to be linked in flip with Minimalist, feminist, or even outsider artists. She moved via a number of the liveliest paintings groups of her time whereas protecting a mythical reserve. "I paint with my again to the world," she says either firstly and on the end of a documentary filmed whilst she was once in her past due eighties. whilst she died at ninety-two, in Taos, New Mexico, it's stated she had now not learn a newspaper in part a century.

No large severe monograph exists in this acclaimed artist—the recipient of 2 occupation retrospectives in addition to the nationwide Medal of the Arts—who was once championed by means of critics as assorted of their methods as Lucy Lippard, Lawrence Alloway, and Rosalind Krauss. in addition, no try has been made to explain her amazing lifestyles. the entire engrossing tale, informed the following for the 1st time, Agnes Martin is key analyzing for an individual drawn to summary paintings or the heritage of girls artists in the United States.

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A modernist text like The Good Soldier insists on a world in which there are only multiple interpretations, none final. Yet I am also awarein fact, I insist on itthat this epistemology of Que sais-je? is itself the narrator's defense, protecting the surface, the status quo. Modernist writers, feeling themselves in a world that is not a given but rather is shaped by the artist out of dross and confusion, defamiliarize the reader, immerse the reader in uncertainty, in bewilderment. Paul Armstrong, in The Phenomenology of Henry James, shows that James, Ford, and Conrad "all assign the greatest thematic and aesthetic importance to the experience of bewilderment" (p.

Ramsey. 14 A great deal of the work of To the Lighthouse is to get us to experience as present the absent mother, to experience centeredness, mothering, in an empty world. And we doat least, I do. But I experience still more the longing for Mrs. Ramsey, the longing for answer. The longing (and rejecting) Lily Briscoe, Page 11 the longing, unsatisfied Mr. Ramsey. The novel is haunted by such longing; it is haunted by the absent mother. It is a longing not of a single character nor of a set of characters.

My 'I', then, is my eye. There is no transparent lens. I am forced to look at my unique looking, at the ways I create what I am seeing. I am forced to ask who is speaking in this bookand not to reply with easy answers: an American, an academic man of letters, a Jew, a reader in a postmodern age examining modernism, a white male in a culture that has gone through the experience of feminism. Those partial identities have surely helped shape the contours of my eye/my I. But so, too, has my place in the particular family I came from: a mother who came to this country as a child from Bessarabia, Yiddish and Russian her native languages, to turn herself into an American and, by age twenty-five, a successful businesswoman; a fatherthe son of a cigar-roller from Odessawho was handsome and warmhearted but ignorant, frightened, and bullheaded.

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