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Mark Bradford

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Birth year
1961

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Representing galleries
Sragow Gallery, White Cube, Sikkema Jenkins & Co

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 "Black SoCal: Art and Practice in an Evolving Landscape"
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale), Pallazzo Querini Stampalia
 
Aug, 2014 Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2014 New Work
White Cube Hong Kong
 
Mar, 2014 California Dreamin': Thirty Years of Collecting
Palm Springs Art Museum
 
Dec, 2013 Looking at Process
de la Cruz Collection
 
Statement

Mark Bradford is an artist who incorporates ephemera from urban environments into mixed-media works on canvas that are rich in texture and visual complexity. Though he has experimented throughout his career with many different artistic media, including public art, installations, and video, his signature and best-known work takes the form of massively scaled, abstract collages that he assembles out of signage and other materials collected, most frequently, from his own neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Bradford’s aesthetic language makes use of such elements as bits of billboards, handmade advertisements, foil, string, and permanent wave end-papers from beauty shops, which he arranges, layers, singes, sands, and bleaches into brilliantly hued, painterly structures that appear to sprawl and swirl. Loosely gridded and often cartographic in character, these pieces both reflect his interest in the formal traditions of modernist abstraction and reference the communities from which he culls his materials. Glimpses of partially legible text and imagery within his map-like works evoke a multitude of metaphors and suggest intricate systems in a constant state of flux. In the multilayered tableau Los Moscos (2004), bursts of bright yellows and reds radiate through a predominance of darker fragments, calling to mind clusters of pulsing city lights viewed from a collapsed and distanced perspective. With this piece and numerous others in his increasingly ambitious body of work, Bradford is developing a visually arresting means of representing in two dimensions the dynamism and depth of the sites and streets he excavates.

Mark Bradford received a B.F.A. (1995) and an M.F.A. (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

 

Mark Bradford Biography

 

1995

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Art, Valencia, CA

1997

 

Masters of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2007

 

Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova, Robin Rhode, Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC March-July 2007

2006 - 2007

 

Art on Paper, 2006, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Nov 12, 2006- Jan 21, 2007

2006 - 2007

 

The Other Side of Perfect, World Class Boxing, Miami FL

2006

 

Mark Bradford: Niagra, LA>

2006

 

Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.

2006

 

Black Alphabet- ConTEXTS of Contemporary African-American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.

2006

 

USA TODAY, Royal Academy of the Arts, London

2006

 

Consider This…(a LACMALab project) LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2006

 

Witness Protection, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, CA

2006

 

Meditations in an Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

2006

 

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2006

 

Sao Paolo Biennial, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2006

 

The Home of the Free, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2006

 

Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea

2006

 

Black Alphabet, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2006

 

Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2006

 

Sisqueiros Project, Curated by Lauri Firstenberg, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

2005

 

inSite: Art Practices in the Public Domain, San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico

2005

 

Grace and Measure, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY

2005

 

Farsites, San Diego Museum of Art, CA and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Mexico

2005

 

African Queen, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2004

 

California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2004

 

Perspectives @25: A Quarter-Century of New Art in Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.

2004

 

Bounce: Mark Bradford and Glenn Kaino, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

2004

 

Broad Territories, UCR/California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

2003

 

Very Powerful Lords, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY

2003

 

ARCO 2003, Madrid, Spain

2003

 

Lean To, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2003

 

Black Belt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2003

 

Hair Stories, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (traveling exhibition)

2003

 

'Very Powerful Lords', Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, NY (solo)

2003

 

'statements', ARCO 2003, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Madrid

2002

 

'Pertaining to Painting,' Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

2002

 

'Mirror Image,' curated by Russell Ferguson, UCLA Hammer Museum and Center for Curatorial Studies

2002

 

Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2002

 

'Painting as Paradox', Artists Space, NY

2002

 

'gucci down to the socks', Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)

2002

 

'Project Series 16: Mark Bradford', Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (solo)

2002

 

'caught up', Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

2002

 

'that wasn't my car you saw', Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX (solo)

2002

 

Mirror Image, curated by Russell Ferguson, UCLA Hammer Museum (traveled to Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

2002

 

Pertaining to Painting, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (traveled to Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX)

2002

 

Painting as Paradox, Artists Space, New York, NY

2001

 

Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (traveled to Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA)

2001

 

Snapshots: New Art from Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Beach, FL)

2001

 

'I don't think you ready for this jelly', Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, NY (solo)

2001

 

'Freestyle', curated by Thelma Golden and Christine Kim, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY and Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2001

 

'Snapshots: New Art from Los Angeles', UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Beach

2001

 

'Mixed Feelings', University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2001

 

'Capital Art, 2001', Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2000

 

'Contemporary Art by African American Artists', The Art Museum of Princeton, NJ

2000

 

'Color Theory', Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA (solo)

2000

 

Contemporary Art by African American Artists, The Art Museum of Princeton, NJ

2000

 

'Fresh Cut Afros', Watts Towers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000

 

'Black Male', Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999

 

'A Place Called Lovely', Greene Naftali, New York, NY

1999

 

'Biennale Internazionale 1999', Palazzo degli Affari, Florence, Italy

1999

 

Biennale Internazionale 1999, Palazzo degli Affari, Florence, Italy

1999

 

'European Wavy', Two Rivers Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)

1998

 

'European Wavy',Two Rivers Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)

1998

 

'Floss', Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

 

Recent Exhibits

Mark Bradford participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 My Head Became a Rock
Hauser & Wirth Zürich
 
Apr, 2014 Solo Exhibition
White Cube São Paulo
 
Feb, 2014 Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
 
Feb, 2014 30 Americans
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
 
Oct, 2013 Through Darkest America by Truck and Tank
White Cube, Bermondsey
 
Jun, 2013 In Parts
Whitney Museum of American Art
 
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