MARK BRADFORD will represent United States at Venice Biennale in 2017

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
MARK BRADFORD will represent United States at Venice Biennale in 2017

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce that Mark Bradford, known for his work across media inspiring cross-cultural dialogue on social, political, and economic issues facing underserved urban communities, will be the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition.

MARK BRADFORD will represent United States at Venice Biennale in 2017

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce that Mark Bradford will be the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event. Bradford, one of today’s leading international artists, is known for his work across media inspiring cross-cultural dialogue on social, political, and economic issues facing underserved urban communities.  He will create a new site-specific installation for the U.S. Pavilion in Venice, Italy, to be on view May 13–November 26, 2017.

The U.S. Pavilion is commissioned and co-curated by Christopher Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass, and Katy Siegel, Rose Art Museum Curator at Large and Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University.  Bradford's exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion will be the first Venice Biennale project presented by the Rose Art Museum.

"The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is honored to present the work of Mark Bradford as the official United States Representative to the 2017 Venice Biennale,” commented Bedford. “As the leading American abstract painter of his generation and a vigorous advocate for the interests of under-represented urban communities in the U.S. and beyond, Bradford creates work that embodies art's capacity to both inspire wonder and catalyze enduring social change.  Similarly, the Rose's renowned collection of postwar art is rooted in a commitment to material invention and expanding knowledge through culture, while Brandeis's investment in social justice as a core value permeates the work of every teaching and research unit of the University. It is with the greatest pleasure that we announce our collaboration with Mark Bradford: no artist could be better aligned with the character of our institution or better positioned to represent the United States in the 21st century."

Mark Bradford, Father, You Have Murdered Me. 2012. Purchased with funds from Mortimer & Sara Hays Acquisition Fund and the Rose Art Museum Special Fund.

Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. He received a BFA (1995) and MFA (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Best known for his large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States, Bradford’s richly layered and collaged canvases represent a connection to the social world through materials. Bradford uses fragments of found posters, billboards, newsprint and custom printed paper to simultaneously engage with and advance the formal traditions of abstract painting.  

More about Mark Bradford is here

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