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Brice Marden, African Drawing 17, 2011–12, ink and white shellac ink on paper, 14 7/8 × 11 1/8".

Brice Marden

Matthew Marks Gallery

Brice Marden, African Drawing 17, 2011–12, ink and white shellac ink on paper, 14 7/8 × 11 1/8".

This exhibition of a dozen paintings and twenty-five drawings from between 2007 and 2015, billed as the largest presentation of Brice Marden’s work since his 2006 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, reveals the artist still in a retrospective mood: At times he returns to the method of abutting monochrome panels—mostly subdued or cloudy in color—that was typical of his work in the 1960s and ’70s; at others he avails himself of the layering of sinuous linear gestures that he began using in the mid-’80s. In one work, he combines the two modes: Uphill with Center, 2012–15, is a horizontal sequence of five linen panels, just over sixteen feet wide in all, with pairs of vertical monochrome panels flanking a central square, which features meandering lines in colors from the four adjoining canvases (yellow, green, red, and dark gray) weaving among one another

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