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Mark Bradford

August 11 – December 09, 2012
Visitors tour an installation of Mark Bradford’s work, including his mixed media work Red Painting, Soccer Ball Bag 4 and Potable Water with Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Photo by J Caldwell.
Duke students take selfies in front of Mark Bradford’s mixed media work Red Painting. Photo by J Caldwell.

Mark Bradford, a star in the contemporary art world, is known for making large-scale collages and installations from signage and salvaged materials, often taken from the streets of South Central Los Angeles where he lives. In 2009 he received the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and in 2010 a traveling mid-career survey of his work was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. This installation featured four of his monumental works.

Visitors tour an installation of Mark Bradford’s work, including his mixed media work Red Painting, Soccer Ball Bag 4 and Potable Water with Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Photo by J Caldwell.
Visitors tour an installation of Mark Bradford’s work, including his mixed media work Red Painting, Soccer Ball Bag 4 and Potable Water with Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. Photo by J Caldwell.

Bradford is best known for his large-scale, painterly collages and installations that demonstrate his interest in mapping communities and underground economies. Bradford speaks to the adaptive nature of merchant culture by incorporating informal business posters, which advertise everything from gun shows to credit repair. He tears, paints, bleaches, sands and embellishes his materials to create abstract works that reimagine the city and reconfigure the urban landscape. Bradford’s broader practice, which includes video and sound, also offers subtle investigations of class, race and gender in the United States.

This was the second installation of Mark Bradford’s work at the Nasher Museum; his work was first presented at the Nasher Museum’s 2007 exhibition Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova, and Robin Rhode.

Special thanks to Blake Byrne, Suzanne and Howard Feldman, Hunter Gray, Bryan Lipinski and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., who helped make this installation of Mark Bradford’s work possible.

Students take a close look at Mark Bradford’s work, Potable Water. Photo by J Caldwell.
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