The principal essay, by Jeremy Lewison, in this bilingual catalogue, focuses on the relationship of Marden’s prints to his paintings. Titled ‘Brice Marden - Romantic Modernist’ Lewison suggests that Marden’s process of making art is similar to the conventions adopted in the 19th century academy, moving from initial concept and sketch to final work. Marden’s prints, by his own admission, lie in the gap between making drawings and paintings. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Marden as a painter and a printmaker, Lewison brings new insight to the making and meaning of Marden’s paintings and prints.
Fanny Singer, reviewing the publication in Print Quarterly wrote: ‘His text is trenchant; authentic, and informed discussions abound. His return to the style of analysis and deconstruction exemplified in his catalogue raisonné yields essential information. ... Throughout his essay Lewison reveals sources and inspirations, a task made difficult by Marden’s sheer diversity of styles across his career. The artist’s subjects, the landscapes of Hydra, St Barts, New York, and the rock sculptures and calligraphy of Asia (to name but a few), many of which have appeared in artworks for decades, are all touched on by Lewison and for the most part explored incisively. ... The reader will have in his hands a considerable resource, a testament to the exceptional contributions to the medium of print by one of the great artists of modern times.’