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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bradford painting Ridin’ Dirty (2006) in his Los Angeles studio.

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 as informed by his personal background as a third-generation merchant in Los Angeles as it is by the tradition of abstract painting developed worldwide in the twentieth century.

Mark Bradford, “Ridin’ Dirty,” detail, 2006. Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

SEE: More images, videos, and news for Mark Bradford.

LEARN: Mark Bradford is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Paradox of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Mark Bradford, Ridin’ Dirty, detail, 2006. Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: Ray Day. Editor: Monte Matteotti. Artwork courtesy: Mark Bradford.


  1. Mel Ahlborn says:

    There is a profound beauty to Bradford’s ‘Ridin’ Dirty.’ It archives life on the streets in a way that seems to shelter the cultures that inspire him. What is he doing now?

  2. What I find so fascinating about Mark Bradford is his outlook and attitude. It gives his art a richness and depth that makes me want to study his work more closely

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