Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World



Agnes Martin - With My Back to the World agnes martin cover

Produced & Directed by Mary Lance
Documentary: 57 minutes Released: 2002
DVD: ISBN: 1-878917-10-2
Prices: Home Video: $29.95 Classroom/Institution: $99.00

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A moving documentary on the internationally renowned painter, designated by ARTnews Magazine one of the world's top-ten living artists. This documentary was shot over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002, Agnes Martin's ninetieth year. Interviews with Martin are inter-cut with shots at work in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, with photographs and archival footage, and with images of her work from over five decades. It is a venue for Martin to speak about her work, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views about the creative process. She also discusses her film, "Gabriel" and reads from her poetry and lectures. In keeping with Martin's chosen life of solitude, she alone appears in the documentary.

The DVD version includes the following special features:

Scene Selection
Director's statement

The following additional features are available as DVD-ROM computer files:

Selected bibliography
Citations for works of art
Citations for photographs

Major Funding: Anonymous Donor; Donnet Fund; Patricia McFate; Garcia Automotive Endowment of the Albuquerque Community Fund.

Film Festivals:

  • Doku Arts, Berlin, 2012
  • Festival dei Popoli, Firenze, 2007
  • Big Sky Documentary Festival, 2006
  • International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal, 2003
  • Santa Fe Film Festival, 2002 and 2016
  • Festival Artecinema, Napoli, 2003
  • Silver City Film Festival, 2003

Selected Screenings:

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Sundance Channel broadcast
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Kunstmuseum NRW Düsseldorf
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna
  • Film Forum, NY
  • Upstate Films, NY
  • SensoProjekt, Paris
  • Skibbereen Arts Festival, Ireland
  • Anderson Collection, Stanford University
  • Time & Space Limited
  • Real Art Ways
  • Guild Cinema
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC;
  • National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Canadian Art Foundation
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • University of Michigan Art Museum
  • Harwood Museum, Taos
  • Dublin City Gallery
  • Tate St. Ives
  • Pomona College Art Museum
  • Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK
  • Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Strasbourg
  • Northwest Film Center, Portland
  • Teatro Santa Ana, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
  • Witherspoon Art Museum
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
  • Missoula Art Museum
  • Mesilla Valley Film Society
  • Provincetown Art Association
  • University of New Mexico Art Museum
  • Microsoft Art Collection

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    Agnes Martin, Photo by Cary Herz

    Agnes Martin, Photo by Cary Herz

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    Agnes Martin in her studio

    Agnes Martin in her studio

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    Agnes Martin in her studio

    Agnes Martin in her studio