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Graphite Drawings includes 25 of Brice Marden's seminal early works on paper and accompanies the first exhibition devoted solely to this body of work. The drawings, made between 1962 and 1981, feature luxurious surfaces of graphite and beeswax worked into dense, reflective planes of blacks, whites and grays. Within these surfaces, Marden reveals the underlying geometries of the rectangle and the grid, a formal strategy that has characterized his work from the 1960s to the present. Art historian Richard Schiff has written of these works, "Marden's black reveals its qualities only to those who look and can see its changes Each area of blackness has its history, its experiential specificity." Accompanying the illustrations are an essay by Paul Galvez, a 1976 interview with the artist by Ed Howard (published here for the first time) and extensive documentation on each work featured in the exhibition.
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Book Description Matthew Marks Gallery, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. From 1962 to 1981 Brice Marden explored the underlying geometries of the rectangle with a number of sumptuous drawings in graphite and beeswax. Brice Marden: Graphite Drawings is the first in-depth study of these seminal works on paper. In his essay, Paul Galvez traces the tensions between inside and outside, texture and form, gesture and erasure that these drawings sustain. But their greatest accomplishment, Galvez argues, may be their inversion of the familiar dualism between drawing and painting; with his unique handling of materials and his rigorous attention to the plane, Marden introduced painting into drawing. The book includes an extensive catalogue entry for each of the twenty-five featured drawings, detailing its materials, exhibition history, literature, and the circumstances in which it was made. Generously illustrated, the book also includes a 1976 studio interview with Marden, which is published here for the first time. Clothbound with dust jacket. 144 pages. 95 color images. 5 black and white images. 10 x 8 1/2 inches; 25.5 x 21.5 cm. Out of print. Seller Inventory # ABE-1522181775174