Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Brice Marden: New Paintings, the next exhibition in his galleries at 502 West 22nd Street and 526 West 22nd Street.
On view in the gallery at 502 West 22nd Street is a painting called Ru Ware Project, 2007-2012, made up of nine small panels painted in different shades of pale blues. The legendary Ru ware is the rarest of all ancient Chinese pottery. Considered amongst the finest ceramics ever made, only 79 complete pieces have survived. Marden saw an exhibition of Ru ware in Taipei in 2007, where he traveled after his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York. When he returned home, he began work on this painting, trying to paint from memory the colors of the 11th century glazes, once described as "the color of the sky after rain".
In the gallery at 526 West 22nd Street, twelve new paintings in oil on marble, which Marden completed last year on the Greek island of Hydra, will be on view. Reflecting the light and landscape of Greece, these paintings feature vibrant colors and geometric compositions, which subtly incorporate each piece of marble’s natural variations. Marden’s earlier series of paintings on marble, completed over a six-year period between 1981 and 1987, played a principle role in the transition from his early monochromatic paintings to the later calligraphic work.
Also on view will be a new large oil on linen painting, Polke Letter. An homage to Marden’s contemporary, Sigmar Polke, this painting is a continuation of the Letters series, first exhibited in 2010, the year of Polke’s death.
Brice Marden (born 1938) lives and works in New York. His work was the subject of a 2006 retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In addition, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Tate Gallery, London, among others.