Brooke Alexander published “Focus I-V” with Brice Marden in 1980. They are listed as entry #32 in “Brice Marden Prints 1961-1991” by Jeremy Lewison. In the catalogue raisonne Lewison says:

”Of all the prints that Marden has made these are the smallest images. They were made at the same time as 'Untitled’ 1979 (no. 33) and ‘The Skowhegan Print’ (no. 34), after Marden had made ‘12 Views for Caroline Tatyana’ (no. 29) and ‘Tiles’ (no. 31).

The theme of the series is related to the themes of ‘12 Views for Caroline Tatyana’ and ‘Five Threes’ (no. 28) in terms of the division of the plane into window and door-like panels. It is also closely connected to Marden’s interest in Roman painting. These prints are distinguished from the earlier portfolios by the pronounced sense of depth arising from the juxtaposition of colours and from the division of the plane down the centre. Marden was beginning to feel a sense of crisis in Minimal art, that he could not continue simply to make paintings which asserted the flatness of the plane. He wanted his art to become more complicated and so he began to introduce space in his graphics. He thinks of these images almost as ‘theatrical settings'. They are also frames within frames. Marden recalls that he probably chose to print them in green because he had been considering using green in ‘12 views for Caroline Tatyana’ and ‘Tiles’.

In addition to the proofs listed above there are sixteen sets of stage proofs in which Marden tried out other colours as well as different intensities of the green. These have not been seen by the author.”

-Jeremy Lewison, ‘Brice Marden Prints 1961-1991, A Catalogue Raisonne’, page 133


Alex Katz Prints

A number of prints have recently been added to BA STOREFRONT and are now available for purchase! Many of these editions were published by Brooke Alexander in the 1970’s, and represent a high-water mark as the artist began to start his prolific printmaking career in earnest. Subjects include perennial favorites such as Katz’s wife Ada, his son Vincent, and many friends and collaborators.

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Alex Katz / Fairfield Porter

Now on view at Brooke Alexander Gallery: a new exhibition featuring the work of Alex Katz & Fairfield Porter!

Both Katz and Porter were central figures in the famous New York School of Painters & Poets, which held a prominent role in the New York art world from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. The pairing of these two distinctive artists is long overdue, and so it is a pleasure to see them together again.

Both painters are known for their intimate portraits of friends and family, as well as social gatherings, vacations and family celebrations. The exhibition focuses on the printed editions produced by both artists, most of which were published by Brooke Alexander.

The exhibition is on view through March 23rd.

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Joel Shapiro - Now Available!

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We have a number of works by American artist Joel Shapiro.

Joel Shapiro is a sculptor whose work hovers between abstraction and figuration. He most often uses plain rectangular forms that are suggestive of motion and characterization. However, in his earlier prints and drawings the artist also engaged more gestural mark-making, organic shapes and bright color fields.

View them all here...


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