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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

Screening

The Four Quartets Experience

October 30–November 1, 2020

Four Quartets, a dance performance based on T. S. Eliot’s modernist poem cycle, with stage design centered on paintings by Brice Marden, was scheduled to be performed at Lincoln Center in New York this fall; however, this and future engagements have been postponed due to the pandemic. To allow audiences around the world an opportunity to view the performance from their homes, the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College will be streaming a film of the Four Quartets world premiere from October 31 at 12am edt through November 1 at 11:59pm edt. To attend the event, purchase tickets at fishercenter.bard.edu.

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 (London: Gagosian, 2017)

Online Reading

Brice Marden

Brice Marden is available for online reading from October 11 through November 9 as part of the From the Library series. This catalogue was published on the occasion of the artist’s 2017 exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, and focuses on Marden’s terre verte paintings. For the series of ten identically sized paintings measuring eight by six feet, he has employed ten different brands of terre verte oil paint—from his favored Williamsburg to Holbein and Sennelier, among others—each a variation on the indefinable hue. The slow-drying paint is thinned and applied gradually to the canvas in many successive veils, building a surface of transparent yet intense color. New texts by Paul Hills and Noah Dillon, and a conversation between Marden, Gary Hume, and Tim Marlow examine this new body of work from multiple perspectives.

Brice Marden (London: Gagosian, 2017)

Sarah Sze, Afterimage, Silver, 2018 © Sarah Sze

Support

Artists for Biden

October 2–8, 2020

Artists for Biden is an online-only sale of works by leading contemporary artists to support the Biden Victory Fund—a joint fundraising committee authorized by Biden for President, the Democratic National Committee, and forty-seven state Democratic parties. All proceeds from the sale will provide resources needed to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and support other Democratic candidates across the country in the lead up to Election Day. Work by Cecily Brown, Michael Heizer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Sze, Stanley Whitney, and Christopher Wool will be available. To register for early access on October 1, visit secure.joebiden.com.

Sarah Sze, Afterimage, Silver, 2018 © Sarah Sze

Installation view, Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston, February 21–October 11, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester

In Conversation

In Dialogue
On Brice Marden’s Drawings

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7–8pm EDT

Join Lilly Wei, independent curator and critic, and Kelly Montana, assistant curator at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, for a conversation on the arc of Brice Marden’s drawing practice and the critical influence that site has played in his work. The artist’s work is currently displayed in the Menil’s exhibition Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings. To watch the live conversation, visit the Menil’s YouTube channel.

Installation view, Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston, February 21–October 11, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester

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

Online Reading

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.

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

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

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Photo: Neville Elder/Corbis via Getty Images

Honor

Brice Marden

Brice Marden received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from Bard College for his contribution to the arts at the 157th commencement for the Class of 2017.

Photo: Neville Elder/Corbis via Getty Images

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston, February 21–October 11, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester

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Think of Them as Spaces
Brice Marden’s Drawings

February 21–October 11, 2020
Menil Collection, Houston
www.menil.org

Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings is an exploration of the artist’s draftsmanship and of the catalytic role the medium plays within his practice. This exhibition presents six series of drawings that span nearly the entirety of Marden’s ongoing career, highlighting the processes of invention and permutation that occur as he works and thinks on paper.

Installation view, Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston, February 21–October 11, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Duro Olowu
Seeing Chicago

February 29–September 13, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work. Work by Brice Marden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Installation view, Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Park Seo-Bo; © Chryssa; © 2020 Jacob El Hanani; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Marking Time
Process in Minimal Abstraction

December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
www.guggenheim.org

During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists working with abstraction rid their styles of compositional, chromatic, and virtuosic flourishes. As some turned toward such minimal approaches, a singular emphasis on their interaction with materials emerged. The resulting pieces invite viewers to imaginatively reenact aspects of the creative process. Featuring paintings and works on paper, Marking Time explores how drawing attention to the creative process fosters a distinctively empathetic mode of engagement. Work by Brice Marden and David Reed is included.

Installation view, Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Park Seo-Bo; © Chryssa; © 2020 Jacob El Hanani; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Brice Marden, Cold Mountain Study (29), 1988–91 © 2019 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Brice Marden
Cold Mountain Studies

June 9–August 11, 2019
“T” Space, Rhinebeck, New York
tspacerhinebeck.org

The thirty-five Cold Mountain drawings on display were key creative experiments leading toward Brice Marden’s widely acclaimed Cold Mountain paintings of the late 1980s. Marden has credited the ninth-century Chinese monk and poet Hanshan (“Cold Mountain”) and translator Bill Porter with inspiring his stylistic shift from monochrome to calligraphic painting.

Brice Marden, Cold Mountain Study (29), 1988–91 © 2019 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Brice Marden, Helen’s Moroccan Painting, 1980 © 2019 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Brice Marden
Morocco

February 22–March 12, 2019
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco
www.museeyslmarrakech.com

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, is exploring the long-standing influence of Morocco on Brice Marden’s work. The primary focus of the exhibition is Marden’s extensive output of works on paper, more than sixty of which are on view here: Among these are forty-eight works that were once contained in a workbook that the artist used over the past decade of his travels. Marden spent some of this time in Morocco, where, since 2015, he has worked part of the year. The exhibition includes one painting: Helen’s Moroccan Painting (1980), its colors inspired by the green of the valleys and the red of the earth as witnessed by the artist during a January 1978 trip driving from Ouarzazate.

Brice Marden, Helen’s Moroccan Painting, 1980 © 2019 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Brice Marden, Moon III, 1977, Daros Collection, Switzerland © 2018 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Brice Marden in
Nature + Abstraction

May 22–August 12, 2018
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

This exhibition shows how themes of abstraction are explored by artists whose investigations of nature and its varied perceptions play a major role in their work. The central room is dedicated to Brice Marden, whose exceptionally clear and seemingly simple paintings are deeply influenced by his personal interests and fascination with nature, light, and color.

Brice Marden, Moon III, 1977, Daros Collection, Switzerland © 2018 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Brice Marden, Untitled, 1988–91 © Brice Marden/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The Beginning of Everything
Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections

February 24–June 18, 2017
The Menil Collection, Houston
www.menil.org

In anticipation of the October 2017 opening of the Menil Drawing Institute, the museum is exhibiting a selection of drawings spanning the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century. The show highlights promised gifts from the collections of Janie C. Lee and Louisa Stude Sarofim, as well as works from David Whitney’s 2005 bequest, which include those by Balthus, Georg Baselitz, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Rachel Whiteread.

Brice Marden, Untitled, 1988–91 © Brice Marden/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Flower, 1964 © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Therese Husby, courtesy Nasjonalmuseet 

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The Great Graphic Boom

March 3–May 28, 2017
Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo
www.nasjonalmuseet.no

This exhibition explores the intense interest in graphic art among many leading artists of the postwar art period. With works from twenty-five artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, the show highlights the use of graphic media both as a refined form of expression and as an important phase in the artistic process. The exhibition has been organized with support from Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany.

Andy Warhol, Flower, 1964 © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Therese Husby, courtesy Nasjonalmuseet 

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