NOTE FROM AGNES MARTIN By Araks on 2011-10-24 07:04:30 -0400 | No comments | Share on FACEBOOK


I went back to Chelsea on Saturday.  There is an Agnes Martin exhibit at Pace Gallery.  
They had this note on display when you first walk in. I felt like I was reading something 
had written myself.  I re-typed it make it easier to read. 

Dear Arnold,

             I have only one worry in the world. It is that my paintings will show downtown 
and fail there. They will fail because they are non-aggressive- they are not even out 
going - in a competitive environment, with big displays of aggressive art work. 

             With the dark paintings it was not bad because they do have some "force". 
I did not get one compliment on the show, however!

             The competitive environment is made by the huge audience of mostly young 
(ambitious) painters that are "making" the "scene".

             The "art scene" is really a lot of words put out by journalists. With its changing 
trends it bears very little relation to ART defined as part of the structure of social human 
life. I particularly do not want to be part of the art scene. If you come on with the scene 
you go off with the scene. I want to stay away from it. It is downtown with the young artists.
They are not like the students who do not yet think of "the market". They are really wild.

             I am deeply concerned about this. What I want is so far from the downtown 
scene just a little room, just a few paintings contemplated quietly. Unaggressive paintings 
unaggressive showing - just the opposite. It worked well in the past. 

             Hoping you agree with me.


P.S. * for unaggressive collectors
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