Building his canvas with layers of billboard paper, posters and newsprint, Mark Bradford creates an intricate network of pathways and histories that reference socioeconomic politics abstracted through a geometry that relies on additive and subtractive processes.
Bradford received the 2015 US Department of State Medal of the Arts, and the 2014 National Medal of the Arts. Other major awards include The McArthur Fellowship (2009) and the Bucksbaum Award, granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2006).
He has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include a major touring exhibition presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus, Ohio, USA (2010), followed by three other locations in the United States; Merchant Posters, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (2010) and Neither New nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007).
Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters, previously shown at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, USA; will tour to The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands in 2015. Bradford will also have solo exhibitions at The Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. At the end of January 2015, a special commission Bell Tower will be unveiled at LAX Airport, Los Angeles.
Selected public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, California, where he currently lives and works. Bradford graduated with a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
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