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

Mark Bradford

Born in Los Angeles, CA, 1961
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

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.



1997 M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1995 B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Maps and Manifests: New Work by Mark Bradford, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
Nobody Jones
, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
2007 Neither New Nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY [cat.]
2006 Mark Bradford: The Other Side of Perfect, World Class Boxing, Miami, FL [cat.]
2005 Grace and Measure, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY [cat.]
2003 Mark Bradford: Very Powerful Lords, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 America Here + Now, Curated by Eric Fischl, Presented by Artrain

2009 Private Universes, Dallas Museum of Art, TX
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection, curated by Alison M. Gingeras and Francesco Bonami, Punta della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

2008 Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets—Masculinity and Sport, Hammer Museum at UCLA
Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Order. Desire. Light. : An Exhibition of Contemporary Drawings,’ Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin,
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha
. Curated by Lisa Dennison. The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art
. MoMA, New York, NY
55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA [cat.]
Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY [cat.]
Prospect.1 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

2007 Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, Armand Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA [cat.]
Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; traveled to The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA [cat.]

2006 Black alphabet – conTEXTS of contemporary african-american art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland [cat.]
Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL [cat.]

2001 Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; traveled to Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA [cat.]

Selected Collections

Armand Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Modern, London, UK
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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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