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Brice Marden:
Prints from 1972 to 1998

February 6, 2016 – March 12, 2016

Brice Marden:

Prints from 1972 to 1998

Over the forty-plus years that Brice Marden has been making prints, his imagery and foci have continually morphed.  However different the recent prints are from the earlier ones, they do have a good number of similarities.  “Marden has always been receptive to accident, has always drawn with a combination of nervous and assured line and has respected the flatness of the picture plane while searching for depth either through line or layering.  The composition has always been governed by an organizing grid and has remained resolutely abstract while assuming wider connotations beyond art itself.  Finally, however restrained or impassive Marden’s work has appeared to be it has never been unyielding and has always been expressive of emotions.” (Jeremy Lewinson in Brice Marden Prints 1961 – 1991, p. 55)

Marden has always stated that his work is much more of a continuation of Abstract Expressionism than the Minimalist aesthetic of such artists as Donald Judd.  When looking at the line work in the etchings on exhibit, it is easy to see this as “Marden combines broad slashing bands with filigree threads, stuttering lines with full-blooded puddles, flicks of the wrist with carefully controlled drags, deeply bitten sugar lift with delicate, transparent washes of flat-biting, all of which communicate different levels of energy like the three primary modes of Chinese script – cursive, semi cursive and standard,”  (Lewinson, p.50).  In an interview by the artist Pat Steir, Marden stated, “I think the closest I get to any sort of meditative state is when I’m drawing … It’s about joining things up, making relationships, but at the same time letting the drawing itself do the work … Ideally, the drawing is working and I’m working with it.”

Brice Marden (born Bronxville, New York, 1938) lives and works in New York.  He had a 2006–07 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.  He has also had solo exhibitions at innumerable museums around the world including the  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Kunstmuseum in Basel, Instituto Nationale per la Grafica in Rome, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Tate in London.

Works In Exhibition

Untitled

Brice Marden Untitled 1994-1996 Aquatint, sugar lift and line etching on Somerset Textured White paper with deckled edge and printed in Deep Yellow and Charbonnel Black from two plates

Image size: 13 x 12 7/8 inches (33 x 32.5 cm)
Paper size: 20 7/8 x 20 inches (53 x 51.2 cm)
Frame size: 27 x 26 inches (68.6 x 66 cm)
Edition of 75
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in pencil
(Inventory #27966)

After Botticelli I

Brice Marden 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)

After Botticelli II

Brice Marden After Botticelli II 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:  31 3/4 x 26 inches  (80.6 x 66 cm)
Edition of 45
Signed, numbered and dated lower center in graphite
(Inventory #28053)

After Botticelli III

Brice Marden After Botticelli III 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:  31 3/4 x 26 inches  (80.6 x 66 cm)
Edition of 45
Signed, numbered and dated lower center in graphite
(Inventory #28054)

 

 

After Botticelli IV

Brice Marden After Botticelli IV 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:  31 3/4 x 26 inches  (80.6 x 66 cm)
Edition of 45
Signed, numbered and dated lower center in graphite
(Inventory #28055)

After Botticelli V

Brice Marden After Botticelli V 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)
Edition of 45
Signed, numbered and dated lower center in graphite
(Inventory #28380)

Etchings to Rexroth, 4

Brice Marden Etchings to Rexroth, 4 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)
Frame size:  25 x 21 3/8 inches  (63.5 x 54.3 cm)
Edition of 45 and 1 PP
Signed in pencil, dated and annotated 4
(Inventory #26321)

 

 

Etchings to Rexroth, 6

Brice Marden Etchings to Rexroth, 6 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)
Frame size:  25 x 21 3/8 inches  (63.5 x 54.3 cm)
Edition of 45 and 1 PP
Signed in pencil, dated and annotated 6
(Inventory #26323)

 

 

Suzhou I-IV

Brice Marden Suzhou I-IV 1998 Set of four etchings with drypoint and scraping on Somerset paper

Image size: 14 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches each  (37.8 x 22.5 cm each)
Paper size: 25 7/8 x 18 3/4 inches each  (66 x 48.3 cm each)
Frame size:  34 x 26 1/2 inches each  (86.4 x 67.3 cm each)
Edition of 45 and 1 B.A.T.
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left on each sheet
(Inventory #24518)

Han Shan Exit

Brice Marden Han Shan Exit 1992 Etching with aquatint on Twinrocker handmade paper

Image/plate size:  7 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches  (18.7 x 13.7 cm)
Paper size:  10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches  (26 x 19.7 cm)
Frame size:  18 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches  (46 x 39.4 cm)
Edition of 75
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #26316)

The Skowhegan Print

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

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)
Frame size:  19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches  (48.9 x 38.7 cm)
Edition of 40
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #27490)

No. 3, from Untitled Press series

Brice Marden No. 3, from Untitled Press series 1972 Lithograph in colors

Image size:  16 x 10 5/8 inches  (40.6 x 27 cm)
Paper size:  26 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches  (66.4 x 48.6 cm)
Frame size:  34 x 26 5/8 inches  (86.4 x 67.6 cm)
Edition of 40
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #24056)

Obama Letter (from the portfolio Artists for Obama)

Brice Marden Obama Letter (from the portfolio Artists for Obama) 2012 Photogravure and etching, from a portfolio of limited edition prints by nineteen artists in support

Image/plate size: 7 3/4 x 10 inches  (19.7 x 25.4 cm)

Paper size:  14 1/16 x 14 1/16 inches  (35.7 x 35.7 cm)

Edition of 150

Signed ‘B Marden’ and dated lower right, numbered lower left in pencil

(Inventory #26499)