new-york

Brice Marden, David Novros and Kes Zapkus

Bykert Gallery - Downtown

Brice Marden’s recent drawings are delicate, brilliant, and central to one of the most pressing problems with which serious painting is currently concerned: the problem of working with a pictorial space that doesn’t deny its function as a subdivision of real space. Marden uses drawing (line) exclusively as a subdivider of the rectangle that continually refers to the dimensions and proportions of the original format. Line, in these drawings of Marden’s, is the means for an intuitive procedure that amounts to a constant revision of the pictorial space. Linear accumulation transforms the space, but persistently returns to the original paradigm so that drawing becomes a method of specification which elaborates but doesn’t conceal its support—conceptual and literal. In this, Marden ultimately confirms his closeness to Cézanne, whose attitude to drawing is analogous.

These drawings were made with

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