Matthew Marks is pleased to announce, Brice Marden: Two New Paintings with Five Tang Dynasty Stone Epitaphs, the next exhibition in his second floor gallery at 523 West 24th Street.
This exhibition consists of two paintings, each nearly 8 feet square, completed over the last two years. They will be shown with five ancient Chinese stone memorial tablets and their covers which served as the paintings' inspiration. The proportions of the canvases are each based on one of the stones.
The carved stone epitaphs have only recently been discovered and are exhibited here for the first time. Four date from the Tang Dynasty (A.D.618-907) and one from the Northern Wei Dynasty (A.D.386-534). They were originally placed inside burial mounds and are carved both inside and out with inscriptions describing the life of the deceased; the compositions of Marden's paintings come directly from four Chinese characters found in these carved inscriptions.
Brice Marden was born in 1938, and first exhibited his work in 1963. His most recent museum exhibitions were at the Kunsthalle, Bern and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel in Switzerland. This summer his work will be included in the XLVII Venice Biennale and an exhibition of 30 years of his sketchbooks will open at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich.
Brice Marden: Two New Paintings with Five Tang Dynasty Stone Epitaphs will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through June 27th, 1997. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 - 6:00pm.
For further information or photographs please contact Leslie Cohan at 212-243-0200.