Born in Canada, Martin spent much of her career first in New York City, and then New Mexico. She is best known for her canvas portraits of lines and grids painted in subtle, muted colors as represented by the illustration used in place of today’s Google logo.
At the age of 46, Martin was awarded her first solo-exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City. Her work as been the subject of more than 85 shows around the world at numerous renown art galleries including, The Pace Gallery in New York, London’s Hayward Gallery and a major retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art.
During a 1997 interview, Agnes shared her insight on work and happiness:
There are so many people who don’t know what they want. And I think, in this world, that’s the only thing you have to know – exactly what you want…doing what you were born to do, that’s the way to be happy.
In 1989, Martin was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and, in 1998, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a National Medal of Arts. Martin died at the age of 92 while living in a retirement community in Taos, New Mexico.
For anyone who is keeping count, this is Google’s fifth female-inspired logo on its US homepage since the first of this year, following Zora Neale Hurston, Dian Fossey, Harriet Tubman and its March 7 logo recognizing “Women’s Day.”
(Image credit: Agnes Martin Foundation)