Response to Agnes Martin

Visitors at the exhibition "Agnes Martin" at the K20, photo: Wilfried Meyer

Publication „Response to Agnes Martin. Documentation“

A new publication, edited by Maria Müller-Schareck and Mona Schieren documets the international symposium. Recently published at Textem Verlag, Hamburg 2016.

Textem Verlag 2016
ISBN 978-3-86485-157-5
German and English language, 154 x 220 mm / 64 pages / 12,00 Euro

Published at Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaften der Hochschule für Künste Bremen


Further Information at Textem Verlag


Exhibtion at the K20

Agnes Martin
November 07, 2015 – March 06, 2016

Kunstsammlung's Exhibition Archive online



International Symposium

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
K20 Grabbeplatz
February 12 and 13, 2016

The focus of this international symposium – of it's lectures, talks and discussions – was formemost the work and the artist Agnes Martin herself, but also her relationships with artists and artistic debates of her time, her texts inspired among other things by Asian philosophies, transcultural networks and finally the central question of the viewer's reaction to the work at the time of the first exhibitions and today.

The conference included not only scholary and curatorial, but also artistic aproaches, it was organized discursively, with a wide range of formats.

With lectures and talks by: Marion Ackermann, Stephan Baumkötter, Tiffany Bell, Eva Ehninger, Bracha L. Ettinger, Erich Franz, Lena Fritsch, Suzanne Hudson, Jonathan D. Katz, Heinz Liesbrock, Frances Morris, Maria Müller-Schareck, Matthias Ruthenberg, Mona Schieren, Annette Schryen, Peter Schüller, Dieter Schwarz, Richard Tuttle, Gianfranco Verna, Anne Vieth, Anna Vogel, Angela Wenzel.

Online documentation

All lectures and talks were tape-corded and will be published at the Kunstsammlung's youtube channel. Due to copyright restrictions, some of the recordings are served as an audio-track only.

Please chose a video from youtube's playlist below.


Symposium's Schedule /

February, 12, 2016

Maria Müller-Schareck (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf) and Mona Schieren (Hochschule für Künste Bremen): Welcome and Introduction
[Video 01 / German]

Frances Morris (Tate, London): Curating Agnes Martin
[Video 02 / English]

Tiffany Bell (art historian, New York): Complementary Perspectives on Agnes Martin: A Retrospective and a Catalogue Raisonné
[Video 03 / English]

Jonathan D. Katz (Department of Art, University of Buffalo): Zen and the Art of Sanity
[Video 04 / English]

Suzanne Hudson (University of Southern California, Dornsife Institute, Los Angeles): Agnes Martin: Night Sea Journey
[Video 05 / English]

Richard Tuttle (New York and Santa Fe) in conversation with Dieter Schwarz (Kunstmuseum Winterthur): Agnes Martin: In a Dialogue on Ideas, Place and Work
[Video 06 / English]

February 13, 2016

Anne Vieth (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden): Mit System zur Ausgewogenheit: Das bildkompositorische Verfahren von Agnes Martin [With System towards Balance: Agnes Martin's Compositional Process]
[Video 07 / German]

Eva Ehninger (Kunsthistorisches Seminar, Universität Basel):  Two Tundras. Meaningful Abstraction for Agnes Martin and Barnett Newman
[Video 08 / English]

Mona Schieren (Hochschule für Künste Bremen):
Transkulturelle Übersetzung – Asianistische Bezüge in Werk und Rezeption der Künstlerfigur Agnes Martin [Transcultural Translation – Asianistic Aesthetics in the Oeuvre of Agnes Martin and in the Reception of the Artist's Personality]
[Video 09 / German]

Bracha L. Ettinger (Artist and Philosopher, Tel Aviv, Paris/ EGS, Saas-Fee):
Subreal Borderlinking in the Space of Painting
[Video 10 / English]

Lena Fritsch (Tate, London):
"When I think of art I think of beauty" – Agnes Martins Texte [Agnes Martin's Writings]
[Video 11 / German]

Annette Schryen (Art historian, Berlin):
"I see my paintings as part of my teaching." Agnes Martins Malerei als Mittel der ästhetischen Erziehung [Agnes Martin's Paintings as Aesthetic Education]
[Video 12 / German]

Angela Wenzel, Peter Schüller (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf): Agnes Martin in
Düsseldorf, 2015. Reaktionen, Rositionen, Urteile [Reactions, Positions, Judgements]
[Video 13 / German]

Erich Franz, Heinz Liesbrock, Gianfranco Verna, Stephan Baumkötter, Matthias Ruthenberg, Anna
in conversation with Marion Ackermann and Maria Müller-Schareck: Reaktionen auf Agnes Martin, 1972 – 2016 [Response to Agnes Martin, 1972-2016]
[Video 14 / German]