Dia Art Foundation announced today that six paintings by artist Brice Marden will be bequeathed to the institution from private collector and longtime trustee, Frances Bowes.
“This incredible gift reinforces and expands the historical narratives of Dia’s holdings of abstract painting. We are delighted that one day Marden will be a permanent part of Dia’s collection,” Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation, said. “For over twenty-five years, the Bowes have been tremendous supporters of Dia and this remarkable bequest is yet another example of their deep commitment to the institution.”
The six paintings by Marden represent significant examples of his early multipart monochromatic paintings and later gestural works. The gift includes Rain Forest, 1971; Miranda, 1972; Green (Earth), 1983–84; 1 Grey, 1987–88; Diagrammed Couplet #2, 1988–89; and Cold Mountain 3, 1989–91. Marden’s “Cold Mountain” series was first exhibited at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1991. The artist also served as a member of Dia’s board of trustees from 2013 to 2015.
“I love these paintings by Brice, and am delighted to know that they will find a home at Dia where they can be enjoyed by future generations,” said Frances Bowes. “I am immensely proud of the Dia institution and this gift is a way I can honor it as it moves forward.”