Join us in celebration of the book launch of Sally Cooper’s With My Back to the World followed by a film screening of Agnes Martin: Before the Grid
7:00 pm – Book Reading: Sally Cooper’s With My Back to the World
8:00 pm – Film Screening: Agnes Martin: Before the Grid
AGH Members: $10
Hamilton novelist, essayist and screenwriter Sally Cooper’s third novel, With My Back to the World, tells the stories of three women: Rudie, who is editing a documentary in Hamilton in 2010; historical artist Agnes Martin, who decides in 1974 after seven years’ exile in New Mexico to begin painting again; and Ellen, a black woman burying her husband in 1870 on an Ontario homestead. Each of these women is waiting for the arrival of an unexpected child and their interconnected stories explore how society’s, and our own, ideas of what it means to be a woman, a mother and an artist change over time.
“…this book is written with feeling. By plunging deep into a difficult subject, Cooper takes a bold approach that allows her to craft a story that is both sensitive and insightful.” Claire Cameron, The Globe & Mail
Agnes Martin Before the Grid (USA, 2016, 56 min)
Agnes Martin is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Before she died in 2004 at the age of 92 her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world’s greatest museums. Martin was respected and achieved the art world’s highest awards. She painted for twenty-three years until she reached a style she was happy with in 1964. Her time in New York in the early sixties saw her create what are now called her “grid paintings”. Despite many interviews, very little was known about her life, particularly her life before 1958, the year of her first solo show in New York. A documentary film, by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman, captures little known stories as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well and give insight into Martin’s personality and development of her creative process.
From the Contemporary Art Collection
Betty Goodwin (Canadian 1923-2008)
mixed media on vellum, Gift of Ron Kaplansky, 1994.
© Courtesy Gaétan Charbonneau