Mark Bradford, ‘Untitled’, 2015, LAND Benefit Auction 2015

Whether mapping the diagnoses of AIDS across the United States (“Scorched Earth,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2015) or interpreting the shifting metropolitan landscape of Shanghai (“Tears of a Tree,” Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2015), Mark Bradford often uses urban networks as a conceptual framework that is then abstracted into dense, collaged works. His process is both additive and subtractive as he builds up various sheets of paper and printed material, and subsequently sands down the layers in order to create a unique, tactile surface. Bradford has exhibited with numerous galleries, including Hauser & Wirth and White Cube, and his work can be found in the collections of major institutions such as the Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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About Mark Bradford

Fabricating his signature mixed-media collages with ephemera such as segments of billboards, flyers, and graffitied stencils, American artist Mark Bradford’s works marry his interests in modernist abstraction with the urban community from which he culls his materials. These ambitious, visually arresting works are striking for their simultaneous incorporation of physical remnants of a site and semi-figurative depiction of a scene or topography. In Kryptonite (2006), for example, Bradford amasses a dense grid of collaged materials that seems to delineate the aerial view of a city while visually recalling iconic modernist artwork such as Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43). Bradford also creates public art, installations, and video, often exploring the relationship between high art and popular culture and between materiality, surface, and image. Bradford is a recipient of the Whitney Museum's Bucksbaum Award and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

American, b. 1961, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California