US • 1976 • 78' • kleur • digitaal • en gespr
US • 2003 • 56' • kleur • stil • digitaal • en gespr
‘I thought my movie was going to be about happiness, but when I saw it finished, it turned out to be about joy – the same things my paintings are about.’ – Agnes Martin
Gabriel is the only completed and rarely shown film by the renowned American painter Agnes Martin. In this contemplative and fragmentary study of the landscape, Martin follows the wanderings of a ten-year-old boy in the countryside of New Mexico, near where she lived and worked.
Mary Lance’s documentary on Agnes Martin was shot from 1998 through 2002, the year she turned 90. Interviews with Martin are intercut with shots of her studio in Taos, photographs, archival footage, and images of her paintings. She speaks about her work, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views on the creative process. She also reads from her poetry. In keeping with her chosen life of solitude, she alone appears in the film.