This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Brice Marden at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Marden has furthered the traditions of abstraction with his exploration of surface, material, and color, from his early monochromatic work to his more recent calligraphic compositions. In this body of work, he has turned his attention again to the qualities of the monochrome, exploring the possibilities of terre verte (green earth), an iron silicate/clay pigment, which came into use during the Renaissance.
The catalogue highlights ten identically sized paintings measuring eight by six feet, employing ten different brands of terre verte oil paint in order to explore variations in hue and chromatic nuances. The publication features new texts by Paul Hills and Noah Dillon, and a conversation between Marden, Gary Hume, and Tim Marlow examines this body of work from multiple perspectives.