Painter Brice Marden (American, b.1938) is often associated with Minimalism and is best known for his subtle explorations of color, texture, and form in his work. Marden was born in Bronxville, NY, and attended Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts before receiving an MFA at the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1963. While still a student, Marden developed his formal style of abstract painting, and gave up his early preoccupation with figural techniques. Though his early works reference an objective creator and the purity of minimalism, Marden has described these works as highly emotional and subjective. His paintings are either monochrome or composed of different color fields that are painted in a rich but atmospheric manner.

Marden moved to New York in 1963, and then traveled to Greece and Asia in the beginning of the 1970s; his impressions of the southern European landscape, as well as of antique mythology and Greek architecture, have left a great impact on his work. In the 1970s, Marden’s colors and shapes became lighter and more fluid than those of his earlier works, and the size of his paintings more monumental. Marden also profoundly changed his formal technique after an additional stay in Asia; in the works Marden created after this trip, his curved lines overlap such as Beyond Eagles Mere, creating visual parallels with East Asian writing and with the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. Marden has exhibited his work internationally, including exhibitions at Documenta 5 in 1972 in Kassel, as well as retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Marden, now regarded as one of the most important Contemporary Abstract painters, lives in New York.

Timeline

1938
Born in Bronxville, NY
1957–1958
Attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
1958–1961
BFA, Boston University of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston, MA
1961
Attended Yale University Summer School of Music and Arts, Norfolk, CT
1961–1963
MFA, Yale University of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT
Currently lives and works in New York

Exhibitions

2013
Brice Marden - Red, Yellow, Blue - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Pictures of Nothing - The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2012
Brice Marden - Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
Art on Paper 2012: The 42nd Exhibition - Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Die Sammlung erneuert sich - Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
2011
Brice Marden - Prints, 1973 - 2010 - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2010
Brice Marden - Prints, 1983 - 1998 - Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham
Letters - Matthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NY
2009
Brice Marden - Retrospektive der Druckgraphik - Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve
2008
BLUE CHIP X: The Collectors' Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Richmond, VIC
2007
Mark Making, The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
2006
busy going crazy, the Sylvio Perlstein collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2005
An Empty Space, Brice Marden, Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue forthcoming) (solo)
Willem de Kooning, Kunstforum, Vienna; Traveled to Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands (catalogue)
Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Collection, The Museum ofModern Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
Imageless Icons: Abstract Thoughts, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (catalogue)
2004
Brice Marden at Daros, Daros, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Matisse to Freud: A Critic’s Choice, The Alexander Walker Bequest, The British Museum, London, England
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (catalogue)
A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
From Pollock to Marden: Post-War Works on Paper from the Collection of Susan And Larry Marx, Aspen Art Museum (catalogue)
2003
Not Exactly Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act Selected from the Tate Collection The Drawing Center, New York; Traveled to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; and Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Forty Years, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY, Travels to Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002
Brice Marden: Attendants, Bears, and Rocks, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue) (solo)
Brice Marden Prints, Alumni Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA (solo)
Brice Marden: Works on Paper 1964-2001, Instituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome;Traveled to Archivio di Stato in the Royal Palace, Turin; and Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (catalogue) (solo)
Looking East, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA (catalogue)
Rocks and Art, Nature Found and Made, Chambers Fine Art, New York, NY
2001
Drawing the Line: A Retrospective of Drawings by Brice Marden, The Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia(catalogue) (solo)
Ornament and Abstraction, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Auras and Epitaphs, First Public School of Hydra, Hydra
Artists’ Collections, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France (catalogue)
Repetition In Discourse, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Yale University School of Art Alumni Choice Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (Catalogue)
Collaborations with Parkett 1984 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000
Serpentine Gallery, London, England (catalogue) (solo)
Brice Marden: Etchings, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Mixing Memory and Desire, Neues Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland (catalogue)
A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings, 1940-2000, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1999
Brice Marden: Work of the 90s, Dallas Museum of Art; Traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (catalogue) -solo
Brice Marden: The Classic Paintings, C & M Arts, New York, NY (catalogue) (solo