Brice Marden
The Dylan Painting, 1966/1986

Artwork Info

Artwork title
The Dylan Painting
Artist name
Brice Marden
Date created
beeswax and oil on canvas
60 3/8 in. × 120 1/2 in. (153.35 cm × 306.07 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Helen Crocker Russell Fund purchase and gift of Mrs. Helen Portugal
© Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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Marden describes creating this work for Bob Dylan

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In a way, this painting started out as a favor to Bob Dylan. Brice Marden tells the story: 



Its called The Dylan Painting, because I had told Dylan I wanted to make a painting for him, so that—put it out into the world to help his career. But by the time I got this painting finished, he was, like, very, very famous. [laughs] Didnt need my help. 


By adding beeswax to the paint, it made a matte surface. Its a sort of softer, undeclarative surface, and so it creates a different effect with the color.  


This is gray, but it also is gray with, like, these very strong kind of alizarin undertones. It tends towards purple. But then you look away, and you look back, and its gray again. So its an ambiguous experience. Its more complicated than just gray. And you also want it to give off a certain kind of light. And so if you—if you just get involved with this as light, it becomes part of the experience.

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