"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
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Mark Bradford transforms materials scavenged from the street into wall-sized collages and installations that respond to the impromptu networks—underground economies, migrant communities, or popular appropriation of abandoned public space—that emerge within a city. Bradford's work is informed by his personal background as a third-generation merchant in Los Angeles and by the traditions of abstract painting developed worldwide in the twentieth century.
Mark Bradford is featured in the Season 4 episode "Paradox" of the Art21 series "Art in the Twenty-First Century".
Watch the full segment: Mark Bradford in "Paradox" [available in the U.S. only]