The Macklowe Collection: David Galperin on Marden's Elements IV, 1983-84

In this video, join Sotheby's David Galperin in an exploration of Brice Marden's Elements IV, to be offered as a highlight of The Macklowe Collection May 2022. In its grand scale, chromatic intensity, and profound rearticulation of the picture plane, Elements IV from 1983-84 exemplifies Brice Marden’s unwavering commitment to and rigorous examination of the most fundamental elements of painting: color, shape and form. Elements IV belongs to a limited and important body of “post-and-lintel construction” paintings—so called because the arrangement of their composite panels echoes that of a post-and-lintel system of architecture, first devised by the ancient Greeks. Originally conceived in the early 1980s, this body of work is deeply informed by Marden’s interest in world religion and spirituality, as well as his travels, specifically to Hydra, Greece and South Asia.

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