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Brice Marden Biography

Practicing for more than half a century, American printmaker and painter Brice Marden is known for his relatively minimalist explorations of colour and line through calm monochromes and busy calligraphic abstractions.

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Born in Bronxville, New York, in 1938, Marden received his BFA from Boston University in 1961, followed by an MFA from Yale University School of Art and Architecture in 1963.

Contributing to the emerging aesthetic of Minimalism, Marden made his first monochromatic paintings in 1964. In these early paintings, the artist created a textured surface by mixing wax and turpentine into oil paint to create a dense surface that both absorbs and reflects light. Encapsulating this early style, Marden's The Dylan Painting (1966), dedicated to the then rising star Bob Dylan, was a monochrome field of greyish purple comprised of multiple layers of oil paint and beeswax.

From 1975, when he began visiting Greece on an annual basis, Marden took inspiration from the colour and lights of its landscapes and made reference to Greek mythology in his titles.

Works like Brice Marden's 'Cold Mountain Studies' (1988–1991) demonstrate the style of his works from the mid-1980s onwards, influenced by the aesthetic conception of Chinese calligraphy. Featuring meandering, tangled lines, these later works are visually different to his previous monochromatic works, though they continued to express his concern for surface, touch, and tone—hallmarks of Brice Marden's art.

Marden currently lives and works between Hydra, Greece, in New York City.

Brice Marden solo exhibitions

Brice Marden artworks have been exhibited internationally, including retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Solo exhibitions including Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden's Drawings, Menil Drawing Institute, Houston (2020); It reminds me of something, and I don't know what it is, Gagosian, New York (2019), and Brice Marden: New Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles (2016) have seen Marden continuing to present new works.

Brice Marden group exhibitions

America Will Be! Surveying the Contemporary Landscape, Dallas Museum of Art (2019); The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections, The Menil Collection, Houston (2017); Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Met Breuer, New York (2016).

Ocula | 2019

Brice Marden Featured Artworks

Large Letter Drawing by Brice Marden contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Brice MardenLarge Letter Drawing, 2007Kremer inks, Kremer white shellac, and oil on cardstock
75.4 x 101 cm
Pace Gallery
Butterfly Wings by Brice Marden contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Brice MardenButterfly Wings, 2005Ink on paper
27.9 x 38.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Brice Marden contemporary artwork works on paper
Brice MardenUntitled, 2018Kremer ink on paper
104.1 x 74 cm
Gagosian Contact Gallery
After Botticelli IV by Brice Marden contemporary artwork print
Brice MardenAfter Botticelli IV, 1992–1993Etching with aquatint on Twinrocker handmade paper with deckled edge
27 x 21 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
After Botticelli I by Brice Marden contemporary artwork print
Brice MardenAfter Botticelli I, 1992–1993Etching with aquatint on Twinrocker handmade paper with deckled edge
68.6 x 54.6 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery

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Brice Marden Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Hong Kong, Le Bourget, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco

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