Matthew Marks Gallery
Don´t underestimate Brice Marden, he is supposedly the 4th richest artist in the world.
Right up there after the greatest "Star" Artists that we hear about all the time; Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Murakami. Following Brice Marden you have Julian Schnabel, Anish Kapoor (also a surprise to me) and Jasper Johns. (according to Artinfo).
Brice Marden started his career in the 70´s with his monochromatic paintings. He was in high demand and invested his money well. His prices are still strong, and at the opening of "Letters", there were quite a "buyer looking" crowd that turned up. Were we still using cash I am sure we could have heard the coins clicking...
The younger crowd though seemed less interested and tended to rather mingle in the lobby, on their way out...
Second Letter (Zen Spring)
Letter About Rocks #3, Blue Ground
These enormous 244 x 366 cm (96 x 144 in) Oil on linen paintings were originally inspired by chinese calligraphy from the 11th Century.
While his MoMA retrospective was still on view, Marden embarked on a round-the-world trip. His first stop was Taipei, where he saw a Sung dynasty poem by Huang T’ing-chien called “Seven-character Verse” at the National Palace Museum.
- from the press release, Matthew Marks Gallery
Red Ground Letter
The longer I think about these "Letters" the more they grow on me.
In the end the dancing lines feels quite illuminating.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend!
(The shown here are all inserts.)