Not Minimal


Agnes Martin, Marischa Burckhardt, Robert Ryman, Merrill Wagner, Anne Appleby

On 22 March, it is one hundred years to the day since the birth of the American artist Agnes Martin. To mark the occasion, The Foundation 11 Lijnen in Oudenburg has organised an exhibition in homage. Works by Agnes Martin are surrounded by paintings by Marischa Burckhardt, Robert Ryman, Merrill Wagner and Anne Appleby. The result is no minimalist ensemble, but a warm exhibition about nature, light, landscapes and friendship. Despite their tough reputation, the artists exhibited do not see themselves as minimalists. Agnes Martin considered herself to be an abstract expressionist and Ryman calls himself a realist. Burckhardt, Wagner and Appleby have a special interest in nature. After Agnes Martin left New York in 1967, she withdrew to the desert of New Mexico and stopped painting. Samuel Green, the former director of the ICA in Philadelphia, and a good friend, insisted that she should pick up her paintbrushes once again. I won’t let you go, he warned, before you return to painting. And in 1974, Agnes Martin painted for the first time in seven years. She made a splendid series of fourteen small paintings, which are exhibited here for the very first time, thanks to the generous proposal of James Mayor, the London gallery owner and admirer of Agnes Martin. March 25 – June 30, 2012 | Open Friday and Saturday from 2-6pm.