Documentary looks at complex life of famed artist Agnes Martin

March 27, 2017

The complicated and brilliant life of famed artist Agnes Martin will be detailed in full in a 56-minute documentary, “Before the Grid,” on Saturday, April 1, at Regis University.

The film, which was named a top feature documentary by the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, will show at 7 p.m. in the St. Peter Claver, S.J., Recital Hall on Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd.

As one of the most important artists of the 20th century, many of Martin’s paintings sold for millions and were displayed in the world's greatest museums

She was respected and achieved the art world’s highest awards, but very little was known about her life, particularly before 1958, the year of her first solo show in New York City.

The documentary film, by Kathleen Brennan and Regis University Master of Arts student Jina Brenneman, captures little-known stories as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew Martin well. Their stories give insight into Martin's personality and the development of her creative process. 

Tickets are $20 at the door. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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To talk to either filmmaker in advance, or for more information about the screening, contact News and Media Relations Manager Jennifer Forker at 303.458.3537 or