Brice Marden is an exceptional artist, whose almost scientific investigations relating to color and form appeal to the viewer in an emotional way. One is tempted to assign his abstract work to Minimalism, but, as he confirms in his notes 1963, it’s rather subjective than objective. Furthermore, his artwork has an impressive impact to touch the viewer deeply.
“I try to give the viewer something to which he will react subjectively. I believe these are highly emotional paintings not to be admired for any technical or intellectual reason but to be felt.”
(Nicholas Serota, ed., Brice Marden. Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1975-80 (London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1981), p. 54)
In the early 1960s, Marden attended in Boston University and Yale University traditional academic courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, design, lettering, and he studied anatomy and perspective. Over a period of more than 50 years, he developed specific painting and printing techniques for his abstract vocabulary. His extraordinary technical know-how enables him to create flat pictorial surfaces of unusual tonal gradations appearing in a soft and luminous quality. Although the canvases seem monochromatic, they are composed of dense layers of varied colors (First Bond Street Painting, 1969-1970). Also in his favorite printing technique – etching combined with aquatint – the layers are the principle of the composition (Ten days, 1971). On the collages on paper (Souvenir de Grèce 5, 1974-1994; Souvenir de Grèce 13, 1974-1996) Marden smoothed the paper around the postcard in a way that it seems to be a plane surface. All these different genres are an integral component of his artistic practice and are presented with equal prominence.
A highlight of the exhibition is the recent work Found Painting, 2017. The six panels of different colors convey an equilibrated unit. On the bottom of this painting, Marden captured the residual layers of paint splatters and drips that served as an index of his special painting process. Although these artworks are non-figurative, they can recall parts of the real world, or even evoke different emotions and sensations only through color or form. (PS)
Our exhibition, Brice Marden, on view from December 4, 2017 to January 19, 2018, is open from Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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