Who’s Invited to Your Studio

“Breathing Ground,” detail, 36″ x 15,” mixed media on deep wood panel

Not everyone should be invited to your studio, according to artist Agnes Martin (March 22, 1912–December 16, 2004) and certainly not personal friends.

Quoted in “Brain Pickings,” Maria Popova’s online newsletter, Martin is very clear about the importance of the atmosphere in the studio. Based on handwritten notes for a student lecture in the Monograph Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances (public library), edited by Martin’s longtime friend and Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher, Martin insisted that personal friends should be met in cafes.

On the other hand, she said that there were people that should be invited into your studio: People who “bring encouragement.”


Author: patricia906

I am a mixed media artist using surface design and texture to explore the patterns and associations in our world.

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