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Brief stay at the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital


The 1967 episode in New York was quite serious. [...] At Bellevue, she was initially placed with severely disturbed patients. She was physically restrained, heavily sedated, and underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT — "shock treatment").

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

During the Coenties Slip years, she was hospitalised repeatedly. One winter, she fell into a trance in a church on Second Avenue, triggered when she heard the first few notes of Handel’s Messiah (although she loved music, it was often too emotionally stimulating). Another time, she was admitted to the notoriously chaotic Bellevue psychiatric hospital after being found wandering Park Avenue, uncertain of who or where she was. Before friends located her and had her moved to more salubrious environs, she was given shock therapy.

—Olivia Laing, on The Guardian

Agnes Martin: the artist mystic who disappeared into the desert



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Published in 28/03/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Life:

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