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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Day 27: Mark Bradford

While growing up in Los Angeles, Mark Bradford used to make signs for his mother’s hair salon. In fact, at one time, he worked as a hairdresser in that salon. As he explained to PBS’s Art21, that upbringing instilled a joy and understanding with working with his hands and the art of making. “My art practice goes back to my childhood, but it’s not an art background. I’ve always been a creator. My mother was a creator; my grandmother was a creator,” Bradford explained. His initial works made use of hair salon products such as hair dyes, foil and hair perm-wave end paper, but eventually he began incorporating found objects such as street flyers, posters, newspapers and billboard ads for evocative and textured large-scale works.  

Watch Mark Bradford on The Artist’s Museum by MOCA Los Angeles, as he discusses his work and how he infuses language, personal and social relationships into his canvases.


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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