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Brice Marden: Cold Mountain Studies



Cold Mountain Studies

June 9–August 11, 2019

The 35 Cold Mountain drawings were key creative experiments leading towards Brice’s widely acclaimed Cold Mountain paintings in the late 1980’s. Brice has credited the 9th century Chinese monk Hanshan (literally ‘Cold Mountain’) and translator Bill Porter with inspiring his creative break from monochrome to calligraphic painting. Mr. Porter, who writes under the pen name Red Pine, will read his definitive translations of Hanshan’s poetry at the exhibition opening in a co-presentation first.

To create the Cold Mountain paintings, Brice Marden used the structure and topics of nature in Hanshan’s poetry. The Cold Mountain studies exhibition tracks the evolution of elements that informed the landmark paintings. The glyphs and shapes within Cold Mountain are based in the source poetry’s calligraphic grid, and make allusions to the organic shapes found in the nature that the poems explore.

This exhibition is a rich opportunity to experience the drawing’s first show sensitive to the origin of Cold Mountain, as well as their first exhibition in the Hudson River Valley. Translator Red Pine’s poetry reading will be the first time Hanshan’s poetry is read in conjunction with a presentation of the Cold Mountain drawings.


‘T’ Space is open Sundays, 12 – 5pm, June 9 through September 29, 2019.


You can experience ‘T’ Space self-guided or accompanied by a tour guide. There is no need to book a tour for a self-guided experience – come and go as you please.

Attractions include:
– ‘T’ Space Gallery
– T2 Gallery
– T2 Installation Nature Trail
– The Round Lake Path – guests must be chaperoned to the Round Lake Path by a gallery attendant because access to the path crosses private property.

Tours include guidance through the ‘T’ Space grounds by knowledgeable staff as well as inside views of Steven Holl’s Watercolor Hut and Ex of IN house, when vacant.


Parking is available 150 feet west of the mailbox at 137 Round Lake Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.  Please enter through the marked path by the parking area and not through the driveway.

The ‘T’ Space Reserve, including the T2 Gallery, installation trail and Ex of IN is located across the street at 60 Round Lake Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Earlier Event: June 7
Joseph Beuys: Prints & Multiples
Later Event: June 12
OutHudson Pride Festival