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Brice Marden
It reminds me of something, and I don’t know what it is.

Brice Marden: It reminds me of something, and I don’t know what it is. is available for online reading from June 15 through July 14 as part of the From the Library series. Published on the occasion of the 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, the catalogue features full-color reproductions of Marden’s latest body of paintings and works on paper, which continues the Letter series he initiated in 2006. The book includes a new essay by John Elderfield, in which the curator and art historian discusses the new works in the context of modernist painting and of Marden’s oeuvre, and investigates the allusions the works seem to make.

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Brice Marden: It reminds me of something, and I don’t know what it is. (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Brice Marden: It reminds me of something, and I don’t know what it is. (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

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Premiere of Four Quartets at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, July 6–8, 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova

Performance

Brice Marden
Four Quartets

February 15–16, 2020
Center for the Art of Performance, University of California Los Angeles
cap.ucla.edu

Brice Marden is collaborating with choreographer Pam Tanowitz and composer Kaija Saariaho to present Four Quartets, a dance performance based on T. S. Eliot’s modernist masterpiece published in 1943. The evocative stage design centers on paintings by Marden, their exquisite colors and imagery making connections to the geographical locations of the poem cycle’s four individual parts. Containing piercing and unforgettable literary passages, this unprecedented collaborative performance is the first to be authorized by the T. S. Eliot Estate. To attend the event, purchase tickets at cap.ucla.edu.

To learn more about the collaboration read an interview with Marden about the canvases that form the set design on Gagosian Quarterly.

Premiere of Four Quartets at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, July 6–8, 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova

Brice Marden in his studio, Tivoli, New York, 2017. Photo: Mirabelle Marden

In Conversation

Brice Marden
Kelly Montana

Friday, February 21, 2020, 7–8pm
Menil Collection, Houston
www.menil.org

Brice Marden will discuss his drawing practice with curator Kelly Montana on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings at the Menil Collection. The pair will explore Marden’s manifold approach to draftsmanship in the six distinct series of drawings in the exhibition that span nearly the entirety of the artist’s ongoing career. The event is free and open to the public.

Brice Marden in his studio, Tivoli, New York, 2017. Photo: Mirabelle Marden

Premiere of Four Quartets at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, July 6–8, 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova

Performance

Brice Marden
Four Quartets

May 22–25, 2019
Barbican Theatre, London
barbican.org.uk

Brice Marden is collaborating with choreographer Pam Tanowitz and composer Kaija Saariaho to present Four Quartets, a titular dance performance based on T. S. Eliot’s modernist masterpiece from 1943. The evocative stage design centers on paintings by Marden, their exquisite colors and strokes making connections to the geographical locations of the masterpiece’s four individual parts. Containing piercing and unforgettable literary passages, this unprecedented collaborative performance of the work is the first to be authorized by the T. S. Eliot Estate. To attend the event, purchase tickets at barbican.org.uk.

Premiere of Four Quartets at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, July 6–8, 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova

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