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Agnes Martin: Last Conversation

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David John posts an excerpt from an interview with Arne Glimcher where Glimcher recalls his final conversation with painter Agnes Martin.

Glimcher remarks: "I was there at the end of her life and she said ‘go down to the studio, there are three paintings. Hanging on the wall is the one I want to keep, I want you to destroy the other two.’ So I went down to the studio. The two paintings she wanted me to destroy were magnificent – absolutely perfect. The one on the wall was a very stormy painting, unlike anything that she had made since the 60s. I certainly didn’t want to destroy those two spectacular paintings but I did. I sliced them to ribbons and put them in the trash. When I came back. She said, 'did you do it?' I said, 'I did it.' And that was that. Our last conversation."

His full rememberance, Agnes Martin Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher, is available from Phaidon.

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