Brice Marden

Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidenstraße 50-51
June 1–September 1, 2007

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
October 29, 2006–January 15, 2007

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
February 17–May 13, 2007

Curated by Gary Garrels

Painting, for Brice Marden, is “about transformation. Taking that earth . . . turning it into air and light.” For four decades he has been practicing his alchemy, and if there’s a flaw in his pictorial legerdemain it may be that he makes it look too easy. This retrospective of more than one hundred paintings and drawings, though, should correct the misapprehension that all this grandeur and elegance come without effort. And with his career now falling symmetrically into two parts—paintings consisting of single or combined monochrome panels from the mid-’60s through the mid-’80s; works since then that employ calligraphic gesture—it’s hard not to wonder: Does this summation herald a new mutation to come? Travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Feb. 17–May 13, 2007; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, June–Sept. 2007