Mark Bradford reclaims discarded and forgotten materials from cities where he works, creating paintings, collages, and videos that explore each city’s past. His compositions comment on the social history of various communities and the effect that shifting demographics have had on them.
Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, CA, where he currently lives and works. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA (1997). The artist’s work will appear in the 2008 exhibitions Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, and the Prospect.1 New Orleans biennial, New Orleans, LA. Recent group exhibitions include Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, The New Museum, New York, NY (2008); Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and XXVII São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2006). He has had solo exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH (2008); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2007); World Class Boxing, Miami, FL (2006), and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY (2005).