Marden, now in his eighties with a career that spans six decades, continues to fascinate with the gestural simplicity of his paintings and drawings. His work draws from art’s long history, combining elements of Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, as well as ancient calligraphy and poetry.
For 50 years, the artist has drawn inspiration from the Greek landscape and antiquity. His relationship with Greece dates back to 1971. Enchanted by the Greek light he and his wife and fellow painter, Helen, bought their first house on Hydra. Since then, they have spent a portion of almost every summer there together. The purity of Hydra’s landscape deeply affected Marden, who observes nature and creates.
The exhibition at the Museum of Cycladic Art will include artworks from a wide range of Marden’s artistic output, revealing a resonance with the metaphysics of ancient Greek heritage. Paintings, drawings, and notebooks that highlight his sharp observation and unique abstract gaze, will be presented in dialogue with selected antiquities from the Museum’s permanent collections, inviting the viewer to interpret the visual vocabulary of this great artist.
Brice Marden, Hydra Group II, 1979-1981, 49.5 x 47.6 cm, Oil on paper, Collection of Helen Harrington Marden
Photo: Alan Zindman © 2022 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Marble spouted bowl with azurite inside, Early Cycladic II period (2700 – 2400/2300 BC).
Photo: Irini Miari © Museum of Cycladic Art