Mark Bradford

Los Moscos

2004

On display at Tate Modern

Medium
Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 3175 x 4839 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2012
Reference
T13701

Display caption

This large-scale collage includes materials found by the artist on the streets around his studio in Los Angeles, USA. Visually suggestive of aerial maps of sprawling, urban areas, the collage is constructed entirely from paper fragments which, the artist believes, ‘act as memory of things pasted and things past. You can peel away the layers of papers and it’s like reading the streets through the signs’. The work takes its title from a derogatory slang term for migrant day labourers in the San Francisco Bay Area, reflecting the artist’s long-standing interest in the sub-cultures of the inner city.

Gallery label, October 2016

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Los Moscos by Mark Bradford

How does this artist's work relate to his city? Curator Mark Godfrey