|Cold Mountain I (Path), 1989, Brice Marden|
Marden was born in 1938. He grew up in the wealthy environs of Westchester County, New York, and moved to the city in 1963. Art studies at Boston University and Yale made him an artist. The New York art scene of the 1960s and 70s made him a Minimalist. Like Pollock, his work is often a constant battle between the abstract and the figurative, glorifying in accidents, correcting mistakes, and leaving behind at every turn the gestural tracks of the creative effort. A close cohort of Agnes Martin, and Elizabeth Murray, they are the "influenced" ones. They are the living proof that art history did not stop thirty years ago. Certainly it grew more murky. Yes, it's quite open to interpretation. But it continues to be written, not with bold billboard letters, but in 10-pt. Arial on glowing word processors. The insert and delete keys are ever-present. Remember, artists are influence by words as well as pictures. Think about that the next time you paint, the next time you talk or write about your work. Who have you influenced?