Monday, April 22, 2019

Artist Mark Bradford Is Shipping His Plywood Noah’s Ark to Shanghai for His Biggest Show in China Yet

By Sarah Cascone
Mark Bradford, Mithra (2008). Installation view, Prospect.1, New Orleans. Photo ©Mark Bradford, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
American artist Mark Bradford is getting his largest show in China to date, courtesy of Shanghai’s Long Museum. The exhibition, “Mark Bradford: Los Angeles,” which opens in July, covers the last decade of Bradford’s career, but his large-scale public sculpture Mirthra (2008), which first appeared in Prospect.1 New Orleans, will serve as its centerpiece. The sculpture, a full-scale boat constructed from plywood panels picked off the streets of New Orleans after 2005’s catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, is a visual reference to Noah’s ark. It is a tangible representation of how hard the devastating storm hit the city’s African American community, but also a symbol of hope. [More]
“Mark Bradford: Los Angeles” will be on view at the Long Museum (West Bund), No. 3398, Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China, July 27–October 13, 2019. It is free and open to the public.
Wang Wei, director of the Long Museum and Mark Bradford. Photo by Stefanie Keenan, courtesy of the Long Museum.