Brice Marden: Marbles and Drawings
This book was published on the occasion of Brice Marden: Marbles and Drawings at Gagosian, Athens, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Greece in four decades. In 1981, while summering on the Greek island of Hydra, Marden began painting on small fragments of marble from local quarries. These compositions marked a transitional moment in his career. Marden has continued to make marble paintings since that time, describing his strategy as “taking an accident and turning it into a form.”
This catalogue commemorates the marble paintings that were exhibited alongside a small group of ink drawings on paper and a six-panel painting, Free Painting 3 (2017), which Marden selected to complement the marbles. Together with full views and details of individual works, as well as installation photography, the volume features a new essay by Dimitrios Antonitsis, in English and Greek, that considers the marble paintings in the context of the artist’s longtime connection to Hydra.