Gary Garrels
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006, English
Nonfiction, Art and Cultural History
ISBN: 9780870704468

From the Publisher. The first book to take readers through the full course of Marden's work as it has developed over more than 40 years from the early 1960s to the present, showing his gradual, deliberate evolution, along with his constant exploration of light, color and surface at every turn. Marden’s first 20 years of work, characterized by the luminous monochrome panels for which he won his first acclaim, will for the first time appear alongside the celebrated production of the past 20 years, which followed a shift in the mid-1980s to calligraphic gestures in shimmering grounds, and another shift in the past decade to heightened color. Two of Marden's newest paintings appear here for the first time. Gary Garrels interprets Marden's work and places it in historical context. Carol C. Mancusi-Ungaro, of the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at Harvard, examines issues of materials, processes and conservation. Richard Shiff, Brenda Richardson and Michael Duffy explore Marden’s early use of a grid and his engagement with time and space in the studio, as well as his observation of the elemental qualities of nature, his representational links to nature, and the distinctive emotional effects of the abstract monochrome works for which he was initially recognized. Marden himself addresses his working methods in an interview, and a comprehensive chronology, exhibition history and bibliography close the book out. Accompanied a 2006 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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David Piscuskas

There are many qualities in Brice Marden’s work that inspire. His paintings achieve a beauty, elegance, and deceptive simplicity that appear to be effortless but in reality require much hard work. Similarly, good design should never feel overly contrived or difficult.

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