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Mark Bradford at the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago. 6/7/11

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mark Bradford is a very interesting artist from L.A. He's only been making art for 10 years and he's got major museum shows. I saw he was a young (-ish) black guy, and I perked up. Black modernists/abstract artists are very rare. Usually "black" art is considered "folk" art and consists of either old blues guys, old jazz guys, slaves/plantation images, or black velvet paintings of Tupac and Biggie. Very unusual style of layered collage, which is why I don't call him a painter. His use/recasting of advertising and pop images is in line with Warhol and Basquiat, in my opinion, while his collage technique is in line with Rauschenberg. Very inspiring stuff, look for me to bite some of his style in my own paintings.

-AO :: 11:31 AM ::


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