Biography

1912

Born March 22 in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada. Spends youth in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1932

Moves to Bellingham, Washington.

1934

–37 Studies at Western Washington College of Education, Bellingham, Washington.

1937

–41 Teaches public school in Washington State.

1941

–42 Fall. Attends Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Receives B.S., 1942.

1946

–48 Enrolls at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque where she also teaches art from 1947–1948.

1950

Becomes a United States citizen.

1951

Returns to Teachers College, Columbia University, for Masters of Art degree.

1952

Receives M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, moves to Taos, New Mexico.

1954

Reenters Teachers College, Columbia University. Fall. Leaves New York for Taos, New Mexico.

 

–57 Lives in Taos, New Mexico.

1957

Moves to New York; lives on Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan.

1958

First one-artist exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York. Association with Betty Parsons continues through December 1961.

1961

Moves to a loft on South Street, New York

1962

First one-artist exhibition at the Robert Elkon Gallery, New York. Association with Robert Elkon continues through 1974.

1966

Receives grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

1967

–68 Abandons painting and leaves New York, travels around western United States and Canada.

1968

Builds an adobe and log house outside of Cuba, New Mexico.

1973

January. First major survey of Martin’s work exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, organized by Suzanne Delehanty.

 

Publishes suite of prints, On A Clear Day, with Parasol Press.

 

November. Kunstraum München presents first one-artist exhibition of Martin’s work outside the United States.

1974

Returns to painting after seven-year hiatus. Begins building a studio in Cuba, New Mexico.

1975

First exhibition at, and beginning of association with, The Pace Gallery, New York.

1976

Produces film entitled Gabriel.

1977

Moves to Galisteo, New Mexico.

 

Arts Council of Great Britain presents one-artist exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London; travels to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

1982

Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal presents first one-artist exhibition in Canada.

1987

Artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

1989

Inducted as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.

1991

Retrospective exhibition organized by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; travels throughout Europe.

 

Receives the Alexej von Jawlensky Prize from the city of Wiesbaden, Germany.

1992

Receives Oskar Kokoschka Prize from Austrian government.

 

–94 Major retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; traveled throughout the United States and to Madrid.

1995

Participates in the 1995 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1997

Receives Golden Lion for Contribution to Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale.

1998

Receives the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from the College Art Association.

 

National Medal of Arts, an award presented by the President and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

Recipient of the 25th Annual Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, given by Governor Gary Johnson, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002

Agnes Martin Symposium honoring Agnes Martin on the occasion of her 90th Birthday, organized by The University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art.

2004

Dies December 16 in Taos, New Mexico.