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On a Clear Day

01/01/1973

On a Clear Day
1973
portfolio of 30 screenprints
composition (see child records): dimensions vary; sheet (each approx.): 12 1/8 × 12" (30.8 × 30.5 cm)
published by Parasol Press, Ltd., New York
printed by Edition Domberger, Stuttgart
Gift of the artist and the publisher, Parasol Press, Ltd.
© 2019 Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

On a Clear Day, 1973, at the MoMA

On a Clear Day 1973 is a portfolio of thirty square screen prints that feature different variations of grey lines and grid patterns. The title was inspired by a musical film with the same title, directed by Vincente Minnelli in 1970. The production of these prints precipitated Martin’s return to painting after abandoning art making in 1967 for over five years. The artist wrote about the work in 1975: “Art work that is completely abstract – free from any expression of the environment is like music and can be responded to in the same way. These prints express innocence of mind. If you can go with them and hold your mind as empty and tranquil as they are and recognize your feelings at the same time you will realize your full response to this work.” On a Clear Day exemplifies Martin’s careful concern with repetition and small variations in geometric patterns. It typifies the calm, contemplative aesthetic of much of her work.

-- Lena Fritsch, curator

Agnes Martin: Close Up by Lena Fritsch

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