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Her Back to the World

At 90, Agnes Martin still strives to paint perfection, and knows she never will

Martin's Untitled No. 9 is finished with a white acrylic wash, wispy clouds floating across the horizons.
The Menil Collection
Martin's Untitled No. 9 is finished with a white acrylic wash, wispy clouds floating across the horizons.

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Through May 26; 713-525-9400
Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross

Hence the wish to heed Wittgenstein's counsel. Perfection, transcendence, purity, inspiration -- these are difficult things to speak of without sounding either sanctimonious or silly or both (or, for that matter, dangerous -- when someone starts talking about perfection and purity, someone else usually gets killed). So perhaps those qualities shouldn't be spoken of, though they can be sought. That's Agnes Martin's task, the work she patiently bends to every day in her studio. The paintings gathered here are beautiful and meticulous and lyrical, but what makes this exhibition such a serene sanctuary is the quiet, necessary humility emanating from them.

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