Joe Bradley, ‘Title TBC’, 2009, Sotheby's

From the Catalogue
“The word stuck with me, and I began to think of “Schmagoo” as shorthand for some sort of Cosmic Substance… Primordial Muck. The stuff that gave birth to everything […] I have been thinking of Painting as a metaphor for the original creative act.” -Joe Bradley
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 2009 on the overlap

Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Joe Bradley

Working in a slacker aesthetic, Joe Bradley regularly uses the least amount of effort possible to transform material into artwork, going as far as to hang blank, store-bought canvases in the gallery. This approach has earned him comparisons to Minimalism, though his is a more ironic, cynical approach than the movement’s first-generation practitioners. Bradley is perhaps best known for his compositions of canvases in primary colors, which recall Color Field paintings and are arranged to form colossal, if schematic, human figures. Other works, like his “Schmagoo” paintings in grease pencil on dirty drop cloths or oil works on canvas, call to mind Cy Twombly’s paintings and children’s mark-making.

American, b. 1975, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, based in New York, New York