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Brice Marden (American, b.938)

Birth Place: Bronxville (Westchester county), NY USA

Biography:
Who is painter Brice Marden? Brice Marden is a minimalist painter from America whose influence on twentieth-century art is still being understood today. He has gained a large international following thanks to his work in the 1960s and 1970s for his monochrome panels. These works are often diptychs or triptychs, large slabs of dense colors that fill up the entire space of three canvas panels. His international travels are often reflected in his work, and his love of Greek and Roman architecture are known inspirations. Why is Brice Marden famous? Marden is also unique for the length and breadth of his career. He has continuously produced high-quality work since the 1950s, and his work today still feels as vital as his early pieces. His piece, The Propitious Garden of Plane Image (2000) led the famed New Yorker art critic, Peter Schjeldahl to call Marden, “the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades.” His exhibitions number in the hundreds, and have occurred in the best galleries across the world. What kind of art does Brice Marden make? Brice Marden is primarily an abstractionist and minimalist. He is best known for his large, monochromatic panels. These pieces are often densely colored thanks to liberal applications of thick paint mixed with beeswax, which is so heavy that it must be painted on with a knife and spatula. His Cold Mountain Series was another stark turn in the 1980s that featured strange lines and flowing geometric shapes across different monochromatic backgrounds. They are beautiful and astonishing and some of the artist’s most interesting work. How did painter Brice Marden get started? Brice Marden grew up in New York, but it wouldn’t be until a brief stint in Florida Southern College in 1957 that he discovered painting. He later received a BFA from Boston University in 1961 and followed that with an MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1963. His classmates there read like a veritable who’s who of 20th-century artists. His classmates included Richard Serra, Chuck Close, and Nancy Graves, his teachers included such luminaries as Estaban Vicente and Reginald Pollack. During his time at Yale, he became enamored with the folk music community there, which proved to be a big inspiration for the young painter. He would go on to marry Joan Baez’s sister and counted amongst his friends a young Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. How much are Brice Marden paintings worth? A Brice Marden painting can easily sell for millions of dollars at auction. He is one of America’s most loved and renowned artists, and pieces have sold for as high as eight-figures. Even his minor works sell in the high six-figures. The most ever paid for a Brice Marden painting was for Number Two (In Twelve Parts) (1983-1984), which sold for $10,920,600. It sold in 2019, going for almost exactly the estimated price. The piece is a prototypical Marden design and features his trademark style of rich, deep colors and rectangular shapes. Where to buy Brice Marden paintings for sale? See works for sale below. Why buy from Heritage? Art buyers feel confident because our experts know the market and put careful valuations on artwork for sale. We make the bidding process easier to help you expand your art collection. How to value Brice Marden paintings? The best way to value art is to compare past auction prices for similar works. View past sale prices below. When you’re ready to sell, contact Heritage Auctions to request an auction estimate of the likely selling price at auction. If you need a formal written appraisal for estate planning or insurance, please contact our Appraisal Services department.

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