EFL Evening Auction Fall 2023 NY

20th Century Art in 20 Unforgettable Works: Agnes Martin’s ‘Grey Stone II’


Emily Fisher Landau was, simply put, one of the greatest collectors and patrons of the twentieth century. Her legacy is set apart for her deep and longstanding involvement with leading institutions, in particular the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as her profound engagement with the art and artists of her time and her unerring instinct as a collector at the highest level. Fisher Landau assembled one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary art – over 100 works of which are coming to auction at Sotheby’s on 8–9 November.

Join us over the next 20 days leading up to the Emily Fisher Landau Evening Auction on 8 November as our specialists spotlight 20 key works from the Collection, celebrating their impact on twentieth-century art. Here, Courtney Kremers reflects on the significance of Agnes Martin’s Grey Stone II as part of our series The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: Twentieth Century Art in Twenty Unforgettable Works.

An exceptionally rare and exquisitely rendered example from Agnes Martin’s early career, Grey Stone II elegantly encapsulates the sublime expressiveness within minimal means that has come to define the artist’s unique brand of mark-making. Executed in 1961, the present work is a remarkably early example of Martin’s signature “grid” paintings, which stand as her most influential contribution to the discourse on painting in contemporary art. Painstakingly rendered using pencil, oil paint, and gold leaf, Grey Stone II is further distinguished as one of only five works from the artist’s corpus featuring this rarified gilt material.

Sotheby’s Senior Specialist Courtney Kremers guides you through Martin’s style of work and the many great artists that inspired her. This special piece will be sold at The Emily Fisher Landau Collection Auction on 8 November 2023 in New York.

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