Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Scorched Earth, 2006; billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, carbon paper, acrylic paint, bleach, and additional mixed media on canvas; collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl; © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Potable Water, 2005; billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, and additional mixed media; collection of Hunter Gray; © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Across Canal, 2009-10; super-8 film transferred to digital video; courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; © Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Corner of Desire and Piety, 2008; acrylic gel medium, cardboard paper, caulking, silkscreen ink, acrylic paint, and additional mixed media; The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; © Mark Bradford; photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Strawberry, 2002; photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, permanent-wave end papers, and additional mixed media on canvas; collection of Barbara and Bruce Berger; © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Untitled (Shoe), 2003; billboard paper, acrylic gel medium, and additional mixed media; the Speyer Family Collection; © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White

February 18 - June 17, 2012

Crafting abstract paintings from fragments of the urban environment — permanent-wave end papers, billboard paper, posters, newsprint — Mark Bradford has built a body of work that is richly layered in both material and meaning. The MacArthur Award-winning artist's seductive works reinvigorate abstraction with social awareness. Often resembling aerial views, they subtly map the patterns of class, race, gender, and sexuality that structure American life, especially life in South Central Los Angeles, where Bradford works. This retrospective has its only West Coast showing in San Francisco, with concurrent presentations at SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

See More at YBCA
The exhibition continues across the street at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). After visiting SFMOMA, take your SFMOMA admission ticket or membership card to YBCA for one free admission through May 27, 2012.


Mark Bradford is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University.

The San Francisco presentation is made possible through major support from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund and SFMOMA's Collectors Forum. Generous support is provided by Gay-Lynn and Robert Blanding, Gina and Stuart Peterson, and Thomas W. Weisel. Additional support is provided by the Betlach Family Foundation and Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman. The St. Regis San Francisco is the official hotel of the exhibition.

The Wexner Center for the Arts' organization of this exhibition was made possible by major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Resource Interactive. Significant contributions are provided by The Broad Art Foundation, the Nimoy Foundation, Nancy and Dave Gill, and Toby Devan Lewis.