The Third Mind: Interview with Brice Marden

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Brice Marden describes his experimentation with Asian calligraphic structures and forms and their integration into his painting practice as a logical step stemming from his interest in things that appear to be simple but in reality are subtly complex. For Marden, Chinese calligraphy is a “beautiful abstraction” unlike anything in Western art that has inspired him to create work that takes viewers beyond what appears on the canvas, toward experiential states of mindfulness. Marden also links his interest in meditative art experiences to the influence of Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt, whose works explore the sublime.

For more information, visit The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989.