), Plane Image: A Brice Marden Retrospective, exh. "I sort of came back to Pollock," Marden recalled of this period. Untitled (Black Stripe Marble), 1987Oil and graphite on marble14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in36.8 x 26.7 cm© 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkPhoto: Rob McKeeverCourtesy Gagosian. Signed, titled and dated "Elements (Hydra) B. Marden 99 00 01" on the reverse. You might think the artist is frolicking around the island of Hydra—”the Mediterranean destination for the Basel/biennale crowd since 2009,” according to the OC blog—simply because his works sell for millions of dollars (Sotheby’s sold one of his works for over $9 million in 2010, an artist record), and he moves with that group. Pollock’s famous melding of “drawing into painting” is clearly as relevant to Elements (Hydra) as it is to the rest of the paintings that followed the burst of creative energy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The “flatness” of his paintings, Elements (Hydra) included, is not meant disparagingly but is an intended element of the work. Built in 1790, it’s a historic property at the port and fortified with imposing walls with lemon trees clamouring for space in the garden. cat., London, 1992, p. 48) Marden was exploring the echoes, the curves and the lines that resonate and abound in so many different aspects of Nature. The issue of how you broach the outer edge of the painting was a big one for Rothko too” (B. Marden, quoted in S. Grant, “Landscapes of the Mind”, Tate Etc., issue 14, Autumn 2008). cat., New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Brice Marden Drawings, 1998, p. 17). Informed by his numerous journeys, Marden's paintings are imbued with a strong sense of place. cat., New York, 2006, p. 296). (B. Marden, quoted in G. Garrels (ed. If you're not working with preconceived forms and thinking, then you can concentrate on expression. He is also a hotelier, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by Brown University and has spent nearly 50 summers in Hydra. Hydra and Brice Marden’s Abstract Art star at Gagosian’s new Athens premises, © 2018 - 2020 Insider Publications - All rights reserved, Wild and sweet: The timeless appeal of Greek honey, Where to find the best slice of pizza in Athens. Marden became interested in the spiritual treatment of materials after being commissioned to design new stained-glass windows for the Basel Cathedral in 1978. He, in a similar vein to his West Coast contemporary Mark Tobey, created a conversation between the Eastern art of the brush and the legacy of Abstract Expressionism by fusing fluid, gestural drawing with an emotive quality. Nature—forces…I am of the stuff to be of it but only through my work which, unfortunately (but I am young) is my life. Wikidata Q475416 In works such as Convergence: Number 10, 1952 of 1952, Pollock’s all over painting style and immediacy of working is manifested throughout. Get the latest in Arts, Entertainment and Innovation delivered to your inbox daily. Great artists exploit this; their thinking and their physicality become one. By extracting the gestural lyricism of Pollock and other mid-century abstractionists with a new interest in process and emotive qualities, Marden’s work remains an essential part of painting’s evolution into the 21st century. So is the act of creating them. (190.5 x 135.9 cm)Signed, titled and dated "Elements (Hydra) B. Marden 99 00 01" on the reverse. 1938) Brice Marden (born October 15, 1938), is an American artist, generally described as Minimalist, although his work may be hard to categorize. Brice Marden Visits Hydra, Sources Marble. ‘Hydra’ was created in 1981 by Brice Marden in Color Field Painting style. Executed in 1987. A renovated family residence Hydra consisting of two houses. View Brice Marden’s 1,118 artworks on artnet. Have someone else's will as your own. By 1968, he remarried artist, Helen Harrington and together have two daughters, Mirabelle, and Melia. Each curling loop of color winds its way across the earthly hued ground. Executed in 1987. Brice Marden’s Hydra home, photographed by Alexia Silvagni for The New York Times. 1999-2000/2001oil on linen75 x 53 1/2 in. 34 (illustrated). Oil and pencil on paper. Before becoming an artist, Brice flirted with the idea of getting into hotel management, so when Helen was in her sixties, they decided to become hotel owners and are now the proprietors of two bespoke inns, one in Tivoli, New York, and the other, in Golden Rock, on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Hydra. Brice Marden is a contemporary American painter known for his subtle explorations of color and gestural lines. In Extended Eagles Mere Drawing (1990), a grid of black lines is interwoven with linear strands and patches of deep yellows, greens, and reds. Marden builds up the surface of each monochromatic square panel with thinly applied layers of deep reds, blues, greens, and yellows. He was born as Nicholas Brice Marden Jr. in Bronxville, New York and grew up in nearby Briarcliff Manor. (C. Wylie, Brice Marden, Works of the 1990's: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, exh. In 1971, Brice and his wife, Helen Harrington, visited the Greek island of Hydra, to which they have returned every year since. Often rejecting the styles of his contemporaries, Marden was born in Bronxville and lives in New York City and Tivoli, New York. In the meantime, his wife Helen has played her own part in the island’s preservation. In Elements (Hydra), Marden is channeling nature; as such, in these deliberately spindly, colored lines he has explored an elegant, even ephemeral, parallel means of expression to Jackson Pollock.