This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of Brice Marden, the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades
American artist Brice Marden (b.1938) has had a profound impact on painting today. While there has been a sea change in art movements, Marden has unwaveringly adhered to modernist principles of abstraction. From his early monochrome paintings to landscapes of China or the Greek island, Hydra, composed of vivid and calligraphic loops and webs, Marden’s deeply personal work incorporates multiple art historical and cultural inspirations.
Size: 245 x 172 mm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 120 illustrations
Eileen Costello has studied Marden’s work very closely over the past decade through numerous studio visits. In 2003, she initiated the catalogue raisonné of Marden’s drawings and paintings. She is also the Project Director for The Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings of Jasper Johns, at the Menil Collection, Houston.
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