Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The artwork of Mark Bradford.

Mark Bradford makes lush, beautiful collages that act as imaginary maps. I was able to see his large scale works at The New Museum in New York and the ICA in Boston and they are incredibly detailed works of art.

Bradford’s abstractions unite high art and popular culture as unorthodox tableaux of unequivocal beauty. Working in both paint and collage, Bradford incorporates elements from his daily life into his canvases: remnants of found posters and billboards, graffitied stencils and logos, and hairdresser’s permanent endpapers he’s collected from his other profession as a stylist.

You can see his work here and here.

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