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Boreas, 2007 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 102 X 144 in © Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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Practice, 2003 Digital-video Projection With Sound © Mark Bradford, BCAM- Broad Contemporary Art Museum
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Red Painting, 2009 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 101.75 X 143.5 Inches 258.4 X 364.5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Sikkema Jenkins & Co
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Untitled, 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York
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Untitled, 2007 © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York
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© Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube, Hoxton Square
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Untitled (S), 2010 © Mark Bradford
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Strawberry, 2002 © Courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art
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Scorched Earth, 2006 © Photo: Bruce M. White/ Courtesy MCA Chicago
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Alphabet, 2010
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Installation view of Mark Bradford, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2011 © Photo: Nathan Keay/ Courtesy MCA Chicago
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Smokey, 2003 © Photo: Bruce M. White/ Courtesy MCA Chicago
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The Devil Is Beating His Wife, 2003 © Photo: Bruce M. White/ Courtesy MCA Chicago
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Grey Gardens, 2010 © Photo: Fredrik Nilsen/ Courtesy MCA
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Taking Up the Cross, 2009 © Photo: Fredrik Nilsen/ Courtesy MCA
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Untitled (Shoe), 2003 © Photo: Bruce M. White/ Courtesy MCA Chicago
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© Courtesy of the artist & Dallas Museum of Art
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Scorched Earth , 2006 Billboard Paper, Photomechanical Reproductions, Acrylic Gel Medium, Carbon Paper, Acrylic Paint, Bleach, and Additional Mixed Media on Canvas; Collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White
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Across Canal, 2009-10 Super-8 Film Transferred to Digital Video; Courtesy of the Artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York © Mark Bradford
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Detail, installation view at the Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 , 2009–10 Plywood, Found Paper, Adhesive (parts of Mithra Reassembled for the Exhibition) 196 X 216 X 360 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. Photo: Jo McCulty
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Mithra, 2008 
 Found Paper on Plywood, Metal Shipping Containers
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 Installation View: 
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 Artwork © Mark Bradford; Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Ghost and Stooges, 2011 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 102 X 144 In. © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Potable Water, 2005 Mixed Media Collage With Billboard Paper, Photomechanical Reproductions, Acrylic Gel Medium, and Additional Mixed Media 130 X 196 Inches (330.2 X 497.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Fuhgitfulness, 2012 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 120 X 198 Inches 304.8 X 502.9 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Sikkema Jenkins & Co
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This is Why We Live in Tribes, 2012 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 102.25 X 144 Inches 259.7 X 365.8 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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Promise Land, 2012 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 102 X 144 Inches 259.1 X 365.8 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Palm Springs Art Museum
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© Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube, Bermondsey
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© Courtesy of the artist & The White Cube São Paulo
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© Courtesy of the artist & The White Cube Hong Kong
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When You Have It, Your Final Price Will be Less , 2014 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas 335.28 X 304.8 Cm / 132 X 120 in © Courtesy of the artist & Hauser & Wirth Zürich
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Shoot the Coin, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas. Purchased With Major Funding Provided by Andy Valmorbida, With Additional Support From Sotheby's © Courtesy of the Artist and LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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FROM SEA PIG, (DETAIL), 2014 MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE © Courtesy of the artist & The Rose Art Museum
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The Tears of a Tree (detail) © Courtesy of the Artist and Rockbund Art Museum
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Production images for 'Scorched Earth' © Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, London.
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Hunger with Salt and Pepper Tastes Better, 2015 Mixed Media on Canvas 304.8 X 304.8 Cm / 120 X 120 in © Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1961
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Sragow Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co , White Cube
Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2015
Artists in Their Time
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
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)

 

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