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Monday, April 8, 2013

Tawney and Martin

Two artists whose artwork and art practice I admire are Lenore Tawney and Agnes Martin. Tawney and Martin were friends while both lived in New York and I definitely see parallels in their art and statements.

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Lenore Tawney from an article in ‘American Craft’

Tawney writes of that art is just beyond language. She states that the magic found in the artist’s creation always retains the memory of its origins and is destined to return. She also notes that these origins are closer to the silence of the universe than to the noises and verbalizations.

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Lenore Tawney, Even Thread

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Lenore Tawney, Seed Puzzle

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Lenore Tawney, Discourse

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Lenore Tawney, Untitled

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Of course, Tawney is most known for her spectacular weavings and I acknowledge those but wanted to focus on her drawings, collage and assemblage for this post.

Agnes Martin writes about her artwork:

I would like my work to be recognized as being in the classical tradition (Coptic, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese), as representing the Ideal in the mind. Classical art cannot possibly be eclectic. One must see the ideal in one's own mind. It is like a memory-an awareness-of perfection.
from Dia Art Foundation.

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Agnes Martin “With My Back to the World”

You may be very familiar with Martin’s art as she was quite prolific and her work is displayed in many museums. I’d like to show some pieces that are not seen as often and those to me that most closely align her with Tawney. All artwork below by Agnes Martin:

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Untitled, 1960

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Falling Blue

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Untitled, 1960

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Tremolo

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Friendship

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The Sea