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This 1976 work on paper by Brice Marden is a delicate exploration of depth and geometric plane, rendered in inks of black and ochre. It is notable among the artist's ink drawings of the '70s for its rare use of color.

Brice Marden (American, b. 1938) is a contemporary painter often associated with Minimalism. He is known for his subtle explorations of color, texture, and abstract form. 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 monochromatic or composed of rich, atmospheric color fields. 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, made a significant 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 altered his formal technique after a stay in Asia; in the works Marden created after this trip, his curved lines overlap, creating visual parallels with East Asian writing and with the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. Marden has been the subject of retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany. He lives in New York.

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Provenance:
  • Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan; PaceWildenstein, New York, NY; Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York, NY
Exhibition:
"Brice Marden: Drawings, 1964-1986," PaceWildenstein, New York, NY, November 3-December 2, 1995
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22.25 x 18 in. (56.52 x 45.72 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi

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