Agnes Martin was born in Macklin, in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1912. She grew up in Vancouver, moving to Bellingham, Washington, in 1932. Martin gained a BS in 1942 and an MA in 1952 from the Teachers College at Columbia University, while living intermittently in New Mexico. In 1957 she relocated to Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. Martin had her first one-person exhibition in 1958 at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York. Surveys of her work have been presented at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1973), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1991), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992). Martin continues to live and work in Taos, New Mexico.