Estimate $6,000. Best known as a painter and prolific draftsman, Joe Bradley has developed a distinctive approach that blends elements of abstraction and figuration in creating resonant images that hover on the edge of legibility. With its bold lines and simple, enigmatic form, this charcoal-on-paper drawing is a characteristic work that captures Bradley's directness and clarity.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise
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