Brice Marden 12 1986

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Artist
Brice Marden born 1938
Title
12
Date 1986
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 202 x 174 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
P77219
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In this suite of prints (half of which are shown here), Marden saw himself as transmitting the energy that he ‘senses before nature’. He made a series of sign-like forms in response to the landscape near his Greek studio, which were then re-made in collaboration with the printmaker Jennifer Melby. Influenced by Asian calligraphy, Marden adapted his technique of using a stick dipped in ink in order to draw on the copper printing plate. The title reflects his discovery, halfway through the project, of the poet Kenneth Rexroth’s translations from the eighth-century Chinese poet Tu Fu.

February 2008

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