In the early 1970s, the American artist Brice Marden took a summer studio on the Greek island of Hydra in the Aegean Sea. Here he began doing paintings on marble, harmonizing his brushstrokes and line-work with the stone’s natural markings and grooves. The paintings won Marden’s place as one of the foremost American artists. But, as he said to The New York Times in 2019, “I always have a notebook going so I’m not scared to death when I start painting.” In recent years, some of his drawings have eclipsed his paintings. Marden, who is now 81, created his most sought after work upon learning of his cancer diagnosis, a loopy, dark, and haunting abstract drawing. This exhibition, held in the country where Marden’s work with marble originated, highlights his sketches on stone and paper. —C.J.F.
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