This present collection of over two-hundred works on paper (along with a number of three-dimensional works) illustrates how Yamin believes that looking at art should be a demanding experience that engages all of the senses. The works in this collection inhabit many moods—some works shout, while others hide; some dazzle with their density and others revel in sparseness. Many works shirk their duties of being tidy, complete thoughts and instead are fragments of ideas, explorations of material – a feeling being worked out through the intimacy of hand to paper. Not all of the artists represented in Yamin’s collection consider drawing to be their primary medium, but they do all regard the immediacy of drawing as essential to their practice.
Over her many years of collecting, Martina has kept detailed notes pertaining not just to the particulars of a work, but also of conversations she’s had with artists, reviews of various gallery shows and literature about the evolution of artist’s careers. Her profound commitment to works on paper and celebration of distinctive artistic voices is deeply felt in this collection that at turns delights and bewilders with its sensitivity and insistent energy. Yamin currently serves as a co-chair of the Museum of Modern Art's Contemporary Drawing and Prints Associates, is a member of the Morgan Library Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee and is on the National Arts Club's Curatorial Committee. She continues to delight in finding fresh new visual insights on paper.