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Neither New nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford                     

(M BradfM .B6813 A4 2007) 
Mark Bradford is the recipient of the 2006 Bucksbaum award. His work appeared in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and in a one-person exhibition, Very Powerful Lords, at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in 2003. Bradford’s large scale pieces express ideas about the processes of urban excavation and archaeology. Tearing down the advertising posters that build up in layers on walls, windows, and light posts in South Central Los Angeles, he references the informal economic patterns of this community. From his found urban material, he creates “collages” — works made of paper but with the visual impact of painting. Water, which can hide by covering up, reveal by erosion, or act as a medium for mixing disparate elements, has become a powerful metaphor in his present series, which suggests the interpenetration between urban social exchange and physical structures.

You can also see Bradord’s work in Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode ( N6537.B6813 A4 2007 ) , the catalog that accompanie a three-person exhibition at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art back in 2007. For these artists, found objects and performative gestures help build the foundation for their art, which includes painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and other mixed media. Together they reinterpret the urban vernacular to engage critical issues of class, geography, and race in contemporary society. Here’s a clip about the show.


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