“Despite his international acclaim, Bradford has yet to have a solo museum exhibition here in his hometown of Los Angeles, and we are thrilled to help make it happen,” says director of the Hammer Museum Ann Philbin.
For Scorched Earth, Hammer curators Connie Butler and Jamillah James bring together work that reflect Bradford’s artistic practice, social activism and history as a native Angeleno. Twelve new paintings, including a major work installed in the Hammer’s lobby wall, reflect an art practice informed by feminist and queer politics and contemplates what the artist has called, “the body in crisis.”
Bradford, whose works have been exhibited worldwide and in group exhibitions throughout Los Angeles, is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and the 2015 US State Department Medal of Arts.
Above are selected works from the exhibit. Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth is on view through Sept. 27.
Update: The New Yorker ran a feature on the artist in its June 22 issue. Read the entire article here.
Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth
June 20 through Sept. 27
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles