Brice Marden received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1963. It was at Yale, under the instruction of artists including Alex Katz and Jon Schueler, that Marden arrived at the rectangular format and muted, individualized palette that characterized his early monochromatic panels. Over the course of his career, his work has developed to reveal a range of influences absorbed during his extensive travels. The art and culture of Asia and the light and landscape of Hydra, the Greek island to which he has returned regularly since the 1970s, inform the heightened color and calligraphic gesture that have emerged in subsequent work. Testing the strictures of Minimalism, Marden’s art has reintroduced both the landscape and the figure into abstract painting while affirming his sense of connection with the Abstract Expressionist movement that preceded him.
Honored with a 2006 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Marden has also been the subject of one-person exhibitions at institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Serpentine Gallery in London. Marden (born 1938) lives and works in New York.