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Brice Marden

Paintings on Marble



Essay by Lisa Liebmann.

This publication is the first to concentrate on Marden's paintings on marble, a unique group of works made between 1981 and 1987 on the Greek island of Hydra. It reveals for the first time the essential place these paintings hold in the development of the artist's work. The 30 works that compose the series, all painted in oil and graphite on marble fragments, represent a key transition from Marden's earlier minimal compositions to his later calligraphic ones. The first such work, painted on a remnant of marble the artist found on the island of Hydra, incorporates the organic patterns of the broken stone—rough edges and meandering veins—and marks the introduction of diagonal lines into Marden's work. These intimate and lesser-known paintings provide new insight into the evolution of this great artist's work.

88 pages. 30 color plates. Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket.

8 x 9 inches; 20 x 23 cm

ISBN: 3-865211-63-1