Brice Marden
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Brice Marden 1976
  • Artist Rooms
The American painter, Brice Marden, was a friend of Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. His austere, monochrome abstractions were being widely shown by the mid-1970s and he had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1975. Almost in emulation of Marden’s carefully balanced compositions, Mapplethorpe has divided his image into two, almost equal, halves by a vertical pipe on the wall. The triangular shape formed by the seated Marden on the left is counterbalanced by a group of stacked paintings on the far right.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


An image made with a single colour.

Abstract art, Composition, Monochrome


  • Acc. No. AR00147
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 34.00 x 34.10 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008