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Brice Marden Untitled 1973 Etching on Rives BFK paper

Edition of 50
Image size: 27 3/8 x 19 1/4 inches (69.5 x 48.9 cm)
Paper size: 39 7/8 x 29 3/8 inches (101.3 x 74.6 cm)
Frame size: 49 3/4 x 39 inches (126.4 x 99.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #31493)

“Marden’s idea was to create a very physical print, one which had body, substance, and an intensity of colour comparable to his paintings. By referring to the plates on which they were made, the title of the series emphasizes the objectness of the images.”
Jeremy Lewison

Brice Marden’s untitled work from 1973 is from his project collectively titled, “Five Plates.” The largest editioned work the artist had made up until that point, the “Five Plates” are, while monochromatic, Marden’s most painterly prints. While this may seem surprising given the seemingly bold, and rectilinear imagery, the actual texture of the ink shows intense variation, much akin to Marden’s paintings of the time, yet thoroughly engaged with the printing process (as opposed to trying to mimic the texture of paint on canvas).

The three ”sections” of the composition in “Untitled” each have a distinct weight to them and by juxtaposing these variations, a viewer is able to explore and thus appreciate the different amounts of “work” done to each section. The three parts together make the dynamic and powerful work that is on view.

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