Blog / Mark Bradford named MacArthur Fellow



By Teka

Mark Bradford – one of three artists in the 2007 Nasher exhibition, Street Level – is among the recipients of the 2009 MacArthur “genius awards” announced on Tuesday.

The prestigious $500,000 award, which goes out annually to 24 individuals, is courtesy of the the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  In addition to Bradford, this year’s fellows include author Edwige Danticat, documentary filmmaker James Longley, evolutionary molecular biologist Beth Shapiro, and realist painter Rackstraw Downes.  To read more about Mark and the other the recipients, check out Tuesday’s article in the New York Times, or the MacArthur Foundation’s website.

Given Mark’s great news, it seemed a good time to revisit the Nasher’s Street Level video, which features Mark and fellow artist William Cordova in conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Trevor Schoonmaker.  Since the show opened, this video has gotten over 19,000 hits on YouTube. Watch it by clicking on the image below.

Street Level Vid

There’s also a great clip on Mark via the PBS contemporary art series, Art:21, on which he was profiled in 2007:

Bradford Practice

And to see some of Mark’s more recent work, check out his show with Kara Walker, which opened at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York earlier this month.

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