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  1. The Innocence of Trees: Emily Carr and
    Agnes Martin
    . By David Bellman. 90 pages.
    Hard cover. $30.00
    ISBN# 978-0-88865-642-1 — To order contact:, tel. 604.822.2759,
    fax. 604.822.6689.

Agnes Martin and Emily Carr

The Innocence of Trees

14 March—25 May 1996

A small but choice selection of the works of two of the twentieth century’s greatest painters—both women, both raised in B.C. Carr became an expressionist, painting the wild forest and sky. Martin became a minimalist, painting highly refined variations on her intimations of divine order on nature. Guest curated by David Bellman.

As different as the artists are, both took inspiration from the forest and the exhibition title comes from Martin’s writings. Both artists see their practices as spiritual disciplines that put themselves and their viewers in touch with transcendent realities and heightened awareness based on the observation of nature.

Agnes Martin, at 83, is one of America’s most respected modern painters. Not very many people know she was born in Saskatchewan and, from the ages of 4 to 17, was raised in Vancouver. Although collected and exhibited around the world, Martin’s work has not been seen in Vancouver until now.

For this special exhibition, works have been borrowed from the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, private collections and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689