Mark Bradford

Riding the cut vein


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Not on display
Mark Bradford born 1961
Paper, varnish, silicone caulk and charcoal on canvas
Unconfirmed: 3350 x 6100 mm
Purchased with assistance from Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, Noam Gottesman, an anonymous donor, the North American Acquisitions Committee (Tate Americas Foundation) 2016

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Based in Los Angeles, Mark Bradford usually makes his paintings with torn flyers and posters culled from the streets of his African American neighbourhood, Leimert Park. These papers are soaked and pressed onto canvas, then worked into with routers and other implements. For the artist, the diagonal rift in Riding the Cut Vein suggests the highways that cross through large American cities, often dividing different classes and racial groups. At the same time the monumentality and the flashes of colour in this work create a sense of promise.

Gallery label, July 2015

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