<p>Brice Marden, <em>The Grove Group Notebook</em>, c. 1971</p>
On Brice Marden’s
Grove Group
February 12, 2018

Brice Marden, The Grove Group Notebook, c. 1971

BY Robert Pincus-Witten

February 12, 2018

Robert Pincus-Witten worked with Gagosian for many years as a writer, curator, and collaborator. He was smart, kind, and funny, and he will be missed. In 1991, during the years he spent most immersed in our program, he wrote an essay on Brice Marden’s The Grove Group series, which accompanied an exhibition of the works—the first time all five paintings had been brought together in one show. The series, which Marden began painting in 1973, inspired by his trip to Greece, has been hailed by many, including Roberta Smith, for whom its “seemingly flat monochrome fields were constantly flipping open, yielding suggestions of light and space and moody atmosphere.” It wasn’t until Marden’s 2017 exhibition in Gagosian London that monochromes took center stage in his practice once again. Pincus-Witten, as he always did, brought fresh and precise thinking to these works, utilizing Marden’s notebooks from his 1971 trip to the Mediterranean to explore how the artist was able to unify abstraction with associative relations.

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