Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Brice Marden: Attendants, Bears, and Rocks, the next exhibition in both of his galleries at 522 West 22nd Street and 523 West 24th Street.
This is Marden's first exhibition in New York in five years and his most significant since the Cold Mountain exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in 1991. The exhibition will consist of 13 paintings and 30 drawings executed over the past five years.
This exhibition introduces a group of seven large-scale paintings, the Red Rocks series, which have been Marden's main focus for the past three years. These paintings, each measuring approximately 6 ½ x 9 feet, will be on view in the 22nd Street gallery together with a series of twelve related works on paper. The Red Rocks series, whether on canvas or paper, are characterized by the kind of rich colors (reds, violets, yellows, deep oranges) not seen in Marden's work since the 1970s. The rocks in the title refer to Chinese scholar's rocks. Scholar's rocks have long been appreciated by the Chinese for their philosophical and religious symbolism. In the early Song dynasty (960–1279 A.D.) small ornamental rocks began to be included in scholars' and artists' studios and individual rocks became an enduring pictorial genre. Rocks are valued by the Chinese for the intricacy of their shape and the degree of natural erosion; the most intricately eroded rocks are considered perfect embodiments of the transformational processes of nature.
In the 24th Street gallery three paintings called Bear, About Bear, and Bear Print will be shown together for the first time. Executed between 1996 and 2000, these paintings were made after an encounter the artist had with a black bear in the woods in rural Pennsylvania. Also on view in this gallery will be three paintings from 1996-99 called, The Attendants, which were first shown in Marden's exhibition two years ago at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The title refers to ancient Chinese pottery figures that were placed in tombs to accompany or "attend" to the dignitaries on their journey in the afterlife.
Brice Marden was born in 1938, and first exhibited his work in 1963. Some of his recent exhibitions have included: Brice Marden: Work Books 1964-1995, at The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brice Marden: Work of the 1990s at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., and The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings at The Serpentine Gallery, London. An exhibition of Marden's works on paper from 1964-2001 opened at the Calcografia Nazionale in Rome at the end of last year is currently on view at the Achivio di Stato in the Royal Palace, Turin, and travels to the Landesmuseum, Münster this summer.
A new publication fully documenting the last five years of Brice Marden's paintings and drawings, with an essay by Jean-Pierre Criqui, will be published to accompany this exhibition.
Brice Marden: Attendants, Bears, and Rocks will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery through June 21st, 2002. The galleries are located at 522 West 22nd Street (hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.) and 523 West 24th Street (hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.) between 10th and 11th avenues. For further information or photographs please contact Matthew Israel at 212-243-0200.