There could not, on first glance or listen, be two artists more different than John Zorn and Agnes Martin.
Mr. Zorn, 63, a longtime fixture of downtown Manhattan, is known for composing frenzied, explosive music, riots of psychotically bright colors. Martin — who lived alone in the New Mexico desert for decades, died in 2004 at 92 and is currently the subject of a quietly majestic retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum — made paintings of serene subtlety.
Mr. Zorn stated the obvious question as he walked on Monday morning around the Guggenheim’s rotunda, where a series of his Martin-inspired works will be played on Thursday and Friday evenings.
“Crazy John Zorn and Agnes Martin, the spiritual, the saint,” he said. “Where does it connect?”
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