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Organized by Wexner Center for the Arts, this major traveling exhibition is the first museum survey of the work of Mark Bradford, a Los Angeles–based artist and MacArthur Foundation "genius" award recipient who is a leading figure in American contemporary art. The presentation features works in a variety of media but concentrates on Bradford's often monumentally scaled collages on canvas, which are akin to abstract paintings. The artist's early works incorporate permanent-wave end papers, an influence from his family's beauty parlor in South Central Los Angeles. Later works employ various collaged materials—billboard paper, newsprint, carbon paper, wrapping paper—often salvaged from the street and dramatically manipulated with nylon string, caulking, and sanding. While striking in its formal beauty and subtle craft, Bradford's art also evokes allusions to urban landscape and probes the structures of urban society, often defined by race, gender, and class. Sound and media pieces also will be included. Copresented in San Francisco by SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, this comprehensive account of Bradford's career to date will be on view at both venues, offering more than 50 works spanning 2000 to 2010, including those produced in response to Hurricane Katrina for Prospect.1, the first New Orleans Biennial. Catalogue.

Mark Bradford
Kurator: Christopher Bedford

08.05.2010 - 15.08.2010 Wexner Center for the Arts
19.11.2010 - 13.03.2011 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
28.05.2011 - 18.05.2011 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
16.10.2011 - 15.01.2012 Dallas Museum of Art
18.02.2012 - 20.05.2012 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art