Mark Bradford

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Mark Bradford
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Born 1961
Los Angeles
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Known for abstract painting, performance art

Mark Bradford (born 1961 Los Angeles, California) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles.

Early life and education[edit]

Bradford was born and raised in South Los Angeles.[1] He later attended Crescent Heights Elementary School.[2] His mother owned a beauty salon[3] where he also worked for a while.[4] Bradford and his mother moved to a then largely white neighborhood[5] in Santa Monica when he was 11, but she still maintained her business in the old neighborhood.[6] Bradford began his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in 1991 at the age of 30.[7] He earned a BFA in 1995 and an MFA in 1997.[8]

Work[edit]

Bradford is known for grid-like abstract paintings combining collage with paints. His collage Orbit (2007), contains a magazine image of a basketball placed at the heart of a dense lattice of black LA streets. Created by the additive and subtractive processes of collage and décollage, as well as with paint, Orbit appears like aerial views of contorting, mutating, and decaying city whose tiny, intricate street grids can no longer maintain their structural integrity against unknown epic forces. Bradford’s improvisational command of these large areas is also able to suggest the formidable energies of mass consumption and, perhaps more important, its counterpart, the mass generation of trash.

Bradford's A Truly Rich Man is One Whose Children Run into His Arms Even When His Hands Are Empty (2008), nearly 9 feet wide and 9 feet tall, according to Maxwell Heller in The Brooklyn Rail, "calls to mind the charred and shattered windshields of cars burned in riots—black, webbed with streaks of light, sleek. If studied section by section, it offers traces of the artist’s sensual, tactile process, revealing delicate layers of found material sliced and sanded, lacquered and pasted until transformed."[9]

Bradford’s practice also encompasses video, prints and sculptural installations.[10] In his installation Mithra (2008), Bradford shipped a 22-foot-high, 64-foot-long ark constructed from salvaged plywood barricade fencing to New Orleans for Prospect New Orleans, an exhibition of contemporary art commemorating Hurricane Katrina.[11] That same year, he created a Katrina-themed installation on the roof of Steve Turner Contemporary gallery, across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[12] The piece—an enormous SOS sign visible only from the air—said simply "Help us."[13]

In 2012, Bradford narrated the soundtrack to the 30-minute, site-specific dance duet Framework by choreographer Benjamin Millepied in conjunction with the show “The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.[14]

After his mother retired, Bradford turned the beauty salon into the studio that he still uses.[15] It is located in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.[16]

Other projects[edit]

In 2009, the Getty Museum invited Bradford to do a project of his choice with its education department. He chose teachers rather than students as his primary audience, bringing 10 other artists - including Michael Joo, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Kara Walker - on board to develop a set of free lesson plans for K-12 teachers.[17]

In 2013, Mark Bradford and neighbourhood activist Allan Dicastro established Art + Practice, an organisation based in Leimert Park that encourages engagement with the arts and supports local 16 – 24 year olds who are transitioning out of foster care. Bradford and Dicastro are both long-term residents of South Los Angeles and have witnessed first-hand how a lack of educational and social resources can impact on the community. The pair created Art + Practice as a developmental platform for transitional age youth, stressing the importance of creative activity and practical skills for personal transformation and social change.

Exhibitions[edit]

In 1998, Bradford had a solo show, “Distribution,” at L.A.’s Deep River, a gallery started by Daniel Joseph Martinez and artist Glenn Kaino.[18] In 2001, Thelma Golden included Bradford's end-paper collages Enter and Exit the New Negro (2000)[19] and Dreadlocks caint tell me shit (2000) in the breakthrough "Freestyle" exhibition of 28 African American artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem.[20] Bradford has since exhibited in the Sao Paulo Biennial (2006), Whitney Biennial (2006), Liverpool Biennial (2006), ARCO 2003 in Madrid, In Site at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, USA Today at the Royal Academy in London, Street Level (2007) at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University (2010),[21] Sikkema Jenkins Gallery,[22][23] the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011),[24] the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011),[25] and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012).[26] Bradford has participated in the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012).[27]

For one day only in August 2013, a work by Mark Bradford installed in a private home in La Jolla, California, opened to the public before the building was eventually demolished.[28] Opening in Fall 2014, Bradford's sculpture Bell Tower – which is modelled after a Jumbotron screen[29] – will be unveiled at Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport, suspended above a passenger security screening area on the mezzanine level of the terminal. In 2014, Bradford presented The King's Mirror, a 100-feet-long mural which consists of 300 individual works mounted on plywood each measuring 22 by 28 inches and which will remain in situat the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for a year.[30] 'Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters', will tour to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands in 2015. In January 2015, Bradford will present a new body of work at The Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

Recognition[edit]

Bradford has won the Bucksbaum Award (2006), the $50,000 United States Artists fellowship (2006),[31] the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003), the Nancy Graves Foundation Grant (2002) and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant(2012).[32] Most recently, he was a 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (also called the "MacArthur Genius Award").[33] In 2009–10, he had a residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts.[34] In 2013, Bradford was elected into the National Academy of Design.[35] Alongside singer Joni Mitchell, he is the honoree at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden;[36] Mark Bradford will be a recipient of the 2014 Department of State's 'Medal of Arts'.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper insert of "West" magazine featured an eight page article on him, June 11, 2006.[37]

Contributions[edit]

2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holland Cotter (December 23, 2010), Tracking Racial Identity, But Not Defined by It New York Times.
  2. ^ Jori Finkel (June 17, 2010), Mark Bradford leads Kara Walker, Cathy Opie and more to create online teacher resource for Getty Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Ernest Hardy (June 11, 2006), The Eye Of L.a. / Mark Bradford Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Dorothy Spears (December 10, 2010), Hoop Dreams of His Own Design New York Times.
  5. ^ Holland Cotter (December 23, 2010), Tracking Racial Identity, But Not Defined by It New York Times.
  6. ^ Ernest Hardy (June 11, 2006), The Eye Of L.a. / Mark Bradford Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Charmaine Picard (May 7, 2010), Mark Bradford on class and identity in South Central LA The Art Newspaper.
  8. ^ http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/bradford/index.html
  9. ^ Heller, Maxwell (February 2011). "The Mark Bradford Show". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  10. ^ Mark Bradford White Cube.
  11. ^ Thomas H. Maugh II (September 22, 2009), Artist Mark Bradford, USC's Elyn Saks win MacArthur grants Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ Christopher Knight (September 24, 2008), Mark Bradford's post-Katrina ark for New Orleans Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Thomas H. Maugh II (September 22, 2009), Artist Mark Bradford, USC's Elyn Saks win MacArthur grants Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ Laura Bleiberg (June 25, 2012), Benjamin Millepied collaborating with Mark Bradford at MOCA Los Angeles Times.
  15. ^ Holland Cotter (December 23, 2010), Tracking Racial Identity, But Not Defined by It New York Times.
  16. ^ Dorothy Spears (December 10, 2010), Hoop Dreams of His Own Design New York Times.
  17. ^ Jori Finkel (June 17, 2010), Mark Bradford leads Kara Walker, Cathy Opie and more to create online teacher resource for Getty Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Brian Keith Jackson (September 24, 2007), How I Made It: Mark Bradford New York Magazine.
  19. ^ Holland Cotter (December 23, 2010), Tracking Racial Identity, But Not Defined by It New York Times.
  20. ^ Ernest Hardy (June 11, 2006), The Eye Of L.a. / Mark Bradford Los Angeles Times.
  21. ^ http://www.sikkemajenkinsco.com/markbradford_bio.pdf
  22. ^ http://blog.art21.org/category/artists/mark-bradford/
  23. ^ http://www.sikkemajenkinsco.com/markbradford.html
  24. ^ http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/bradford/
  25. ^ "Mark Bradford". Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  26. ^ http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/431
  27. ^ http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/roundtable-announces-participants/
  28. ^ Helen Stoilas (August 1, 2013), Collector's difficult neighbour inspires artist Mark Bradford's installation The Art Newspaper.
  29. ^ Christopher Michno (March 27, 2013), Mark Bradford: Texting While Painting Artillery.
  30. ^ Charlotte Burns (September 8, 2014), Mark Bradford maps exploitation at the Rose Art Museum The Art Newspaper.
  31. ^ Thomas H. Maugh II (September 22, 2009), Artist Mark Bradford, USC's Elyn Saks win MacArthur grants Los Angeles Times.
  32. ^ Painters and Sculptors Grant Program Recipients Joan Mitchell Foundation.
  33. ^ http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.5458005/k.863F/Mark_Bradford.htm
  34. ^ Mark Bradford White Cube.
  35. ^ http://www.nationalacademy.org/academy/national-academicians/
  36. ^ David Ng (September 10, 2014), Hammer Museum gala to honor Mark Bradford, Joni Mitchell Los Angeles Times.
  37. ^ Ernest Hardy (June 11, 2006), The Eye Of L.a. / Mark Bradford Los Angeles Times.
  38. ^ "Mark Bradford", Life on Mars, 5.3.08-1.11.09[dead link]

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