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Speak, Birdman
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Speak, Birdman

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EXHIBITION HISTORY WITH THE STUDIO MUSEUM Solo\nMark Bradford: Alphabet, November 2010 - March 2011\nGroup\nSalon Style, March - June 2015\nThe Bearden Project, November 2011 - March 2012\nFreestyle, April - June 2001\nIn his fascinating aesthetic investigation of the contemporary urban experience, artist Mark Bradford puts into thrilling practice The Studio Museum in Harlems identity as a celebrated metropolitan nexus for the dynamic exchange of creative ideas. Renowned for his large-scale works made from layers of salvaged paper, Bradfords signature vernacular of selectively layering, scoring and bleaching areas of his canvas in quasi-archaeological fashion allows the artist to trace the human presence by its own discarded signifiers. Echoing the cumulative and subtractive nature of the artists collage/décollage practice, his captivating paintings merge complex layers of personal and socio-significance to create a kaleidoscopic vision for the inherent decay and subsequent regenerative vibrancy of metropolitan life. Bradfords expressive civic tapestries embody the urban experience as lived; describing his practice, Bradford notes, Im like a modern-day flâneur. I like to walk through the city and find details and then abstract them and make them my own. Im not speaking for a community or trying to make a sociopolitical point. At the end, its my mapping, my subjectivity. (The artist cited in Market>Place, Art21, PBS, November 2011)\nCelebrated as amongst the most influential  artists of his generation, Bradford credits the breakthrough moment in his career to Thelma Golden when, in 2000, the then newly-installed deputy director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem first visited the artist in Los Angeles. Of the visit, Golden recalls, He was a fully mature artist at that point. He had an incredible sense of himself as an artist, and an enormous ability to understand art historyits possibilities and its limits. I knew I was going to work with him for the rest of my life. (Calvin Tomkins, What Else Can Art Do (The Many Layers of Mark Bradfords Work), The New Yorker, June 22, 2015, n.p.) Immediately upon encountering Bradfords searing large-scale canvases, Golden invited the artist to participate in the critically-acclaimed 2001 group show Freestyle. In the years following Freestyle, which launched the artists meteoric rise to widespread recognition, Bradfords work has been featured in solo exhibitions at such renowned international institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the SFMOMA, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, amongst others. Testifying to the artists significance upon an international stage, Bradford was most recently featured in the US Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, where his impactful exhibition Tomorrow is Another Day was met with widespread critical and public acclaim.\nSigned on the reverse
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NY, US
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medium

Mixed media on canvas

creator

Bradford, Mark

condition

This work is in excellent condition. Please contact the Contemporary Art Department at +1 (212) 606-7254 for the report prepared by Terrence Mahon. The canvas is unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

dimensions

59 1/2 by 70 1/2 in. 151.1 by 179.1 by cm.

provenance

Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

signedDate

Signed on the reverse

artist_range_end

1961

artist_range_start

1961

consignmentDesignation

CREATING SPACE: Artists for the Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum's New Building

creator_nationality_dates

B.1961


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