Gabriel (1976) is the only film directed by the Canadian-American painter Agnes Martin. It features a little boy going for a walk in a natural landscape. All shots are handheld and the film is silent, with a few moments with excerpts of musical scores by Bach. Gabriel is a contemplative and fragmentary study of landscape, vision and perceptions of nature. (Running time: 78 minutes).
Special thank you to Pace Gallery, New York.
Agnes Martin (b. 1912, Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada; d. 2004, Taos, New Mexico) imparted a legacy of abstraction that has inspired generations of artists. Using a limited palette and a geometric vocabulary, her works are inscribed with lines or grids that hover over subtle grounds of color. Martin’s work is recognized as pure abstraction, in which space, metaphysics and internal emotional states are explored through painting, drawing and printmaking.
Martin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 1998. She has been the subject of one-artist exhibitions worldwide, including a five-part retrospective at Dia: Beacon, New York, in 2007, and, most recently, a 2015 retrospective at Tate Modern, London, which will travel to Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.