Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Mark Bradford: Cerberus

A new gallery (Hauser + Wirth) for artist Mark Bradford, and new developments too in his work. His process still involves using densely layered textured surfaces based on maps, grids and viewpoints of urban environments, but these new works are also saturated with and enlivened by the addition of rich painted colours. They are gorgeous paintings rooted in mythology, and some are vast in both scale and ambition.

The biggest new development in Bradford's work is the move into film/video installation with work Dancing in the Streets, 2019, based on the song made famous by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964. Bradford has projected footage of the group performing the song onto the landmarks of various locations in South Los Angeles. It aims to evoke the era and associations of the song with the civil rights movement when people took to the streets to demand equality and social change.

Mark Bradford: Cerberus
until 21st December
Hauser + Wirth
23 Savile Row