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Moved to Bellingham, Washington

01/01/1931

In 1931, Agnes went to Bellingham, Washington,
to help her older sister, who was pregnant.

[...] she left Canada in 1931 for Bellingham in Washington State, joining her sister Mirabel there, despite what she recalled as a terrible relationship with an intellectually inferior sibling. There are unanswered questions about the momentous relocation, including why Martin began high school again in Washington State, graduating at twenty-one; whom she stayed with during these years; and, most perplexingly, what really impelled her to leave home in the first place. 

—Nancy Princenthal on the book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

[...] when she was nineteen, she left Vancouver for Bellingham, Washington, to take care of her sister, Maribel, now married, who had become ill during a difficult pregnancy. "I never went back," she says. "As soon as I came, I found out you could work your way through college in America."

—Benita Eisler, on her 1993 New Yorker profile of Agnes Martin

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Published in 15/03/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Life:


22/03/1912BirthBirth
01/01/1919Moved to VancouverMoved to Vancouver
10/06/1937Teaching Certificate
01/06/1914Father's death
01/09/194201/01/1946Multiple jobsMultiple jobs
01/01/1946Moved to New Mexico
01/01/1951Return to New York
01/01/195401/01/1957Return to New MexicoReturn to New Mexico
16/12/2004Death