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Brice Marden

SELECTED WORKS
Grid I
1971
Etching on Arches paper

Edition of 50, TP
Images size: 14 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches (37.8 x 60.6 cm)
Paper size: 22 1/4 x 30 inches (56.5 x 76.2 cm)
Signed lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #35118)

No. 4, from Untitled Press Series
1972
Lithograph

Image size: 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (50.2 x 34.9 cm)
Paper size: 26 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches (66.4 x 48.6 cm)
Edition of 46
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #29295)

Ten Days (A)
1972
Etching and aquatint on Arches paper

Edition of 30, Artist Proof “K” (the 11th of 20)
Image size: 15 9/16 x 20 5/8 inches (39.5 x 52.4 cm)
Paper size: 22 5/16 x 30 inches (56.7 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #33899)

Ten Days (E)
1972
Etching and aquatint on Arches paper

Edition of 30, Artist Proof “K” (the 11th of 20)
Image size: 12 x 15 1/8 inches (30.5 x 38.4 cm)
Paper size: 22 5/16 x 30 inches (56.7 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #33900)

Untitled
1973-79, published 1988
Etching on paper with deckled edge

Edition of 5, approximately 5 known Trial Proofs, of which this is one
Image size: 23 13/16 x 28 3/8 inches (60.5 x 72.1 cm)
Paper size: 32 5/8 x 36 5/16 inches (82.9 x 92.2 cm)
Signed and numbered
(Inventory #34142)

Painting Study 1 and 2
1974
Set of two screenprints with wax on ivory Dutch Etching paper

Edition of 50
Painting Study 1 size:
Image size: 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches (24.8 x 16.8 cm)
Paper size: 29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches (75.9 x 56.5 cm)
Painting Study 2 size:
Image size: 9 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches (24.1 x 16.8 cm)
Paper size: 29 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches (75.9 x 58.1 cm)
Signed, dated, and numbered lower center in graphite on each sheet
(Inventory #32755)

The Skowhegan Print
1979
Etching and sugarlift aquatint on Rives BFK paper

Edition of 40
Image size: 5 7/8 x 5 inches (14.9 x 12.7 cm)
Paper size: 18 x 13 7/8 inches (45.7 x 35.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #29754)

Etchings to Rexroth, 3
1986
Etching with aquatint on Rives BFK

Image size:  8 x 6 7/8 inches  (20.3 x 17.5 cm)
Paper size:  19 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches  (49.8 x 40.3 cm)
Edition of 45, 1 PP
Signed in pencil, dated and annotated 3
(Inventory #26320)

Untitled
1986
Sugar lift and aquatint on Rives BFK paper

Edition of 100
Paper size: 10 x 8 1/4 inches (25.4 x 21 cm)
Signed lower right and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #35219)

After Botticelli I
1992-1993
Etching with aquatint on Twinrocker handmade paper with deckled edge

Image/Plate size: 8 7/8 11 7/8 inches (22.5 x 30.2 cm)
Paper size: 27 x 21 1/2 inches (68.6 x 54.6 cm)
Frame size: 32 x 26 inches (81.3 x 66 cm)
Edition of 45
Signed, numbered and dated lower center in graphite
(Inventory #28052)

Additional Information

Brice Marden was born in 1938 in Bronxville, New York and passed away in 2023. He attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, from 1957 to 1958 and the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts from 1958 to 1961, where he received his BFA degree. In the summer of 1961, he attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut, and went on to enroll at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, receiving an MFA degree in 1963.

It was at Yale that Marden developed the formal strategies that characterized his paintings of the following decades: a preoccupation with rectangular formats and the repeated use of a muted, extremely individualized palette. He has described his early works as highly emotional and subjective, despite their apparent lack of referentiality.

In the summer of 1963, Marden moved to New York with his wife, Pauline Baez, whom he had married in 1960, and with whom he had a son, Nicholas. They later divorced and he married Helen Harrington in 1969. He worked as a guard in 1963 and 1964 at the Jewish Museum, where he came into contact with the work of Jasper Johns, an artist whom he studied in depth and whose work furthered his interest in gridded compositions.

Marden made his first monochromatic single-panel painting in the winter of 1964. It was during this time that his first solo exhibition was presented at the Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Marden spent the spring and summer of 1964 in Paris, where he was inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti. His first solo show in New York was held at the Bykert Gallery in 1966, and in the fall of that year, he became the general assistant to Robert Rauschenberg. In 1968, he began constructing his paintings with multiple panels. From 1969 to 1974, he was a painting instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

In 1972, his work was showcased at Documenta 5 in Kassel, and he was honored with a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1975. A show of drawings made between 1964 and 1974 traveled in 1974 to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Fort Worth Art Museum; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 1977, Marden traveled to Rome and Pompeii, where he strengthened his interest in Roman and Greek art and architecture, which would influence his work of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In the mid-1980s, Marden turned away from Minimalism toward gestural abstraction. Around this time, he traveled to Thailand, where he became interested in Far Eastern calligraphy and the art of the brush stroke. Marden’s recent large-scale paintings continue to employ “glyphs” inspired by Asian characters. During the 1990s, Marden continued to exhibit regularly in New York. He was the subject of two major traveling shows, Brice Marden-Cold Mountain, at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York (October 17, 1991-May 31, 1992); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (June 28-September 13, 1992); Menil Collection, Houston (October 2-November 29, 1992); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (January 12-March 15, 1993); Kunstmuseum, Bonn (April 30-June 20, 1993); and Work books 1964-1995, which traveled in 1997-98 to the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2006, the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a major retrospective of his paintings and drawings from October 29, 2006-January 15, 2007, which later traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Art (February 23-May 13, 2007) and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (June 12-October 7, 2007).

–Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York