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Mark Bradford creates his collage-based paintings from materials gathered in Leimert Park, the Los Angeles neighborhood where he lived as a child. Using magazines, flyers, and other found materials, he builds densely layered compositions, echoing the rhythms of Los Angeles street life.
Circa 1992 reflects a specific moment, when the Rodney King riots tore Los Angeles apart. After the first days of violence, local church groups issued signs proclaiming: “REBUILD SOUTH CENTRAL WITHOUT LIQUOR STORES!! / RECONSTRUIRAL SUR CENTRAL SIN NEGOCIOS DE BEBIDAS ALCOHOLICAS!!” By repeating these phrases in his painting, Bradford pays tribute to the spirit of community renewal.
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Mark Bradford, American, born 1961
- Mixed media mounted on canvas
- 49 1/2 × 204 1/2 × 7/8 in. (125.7 × 519.4 × 2.2 cm)
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Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund
- Current Location
- Not on view
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- Collage & Montage
The artist; [Hauser & Wirth Gallery, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2015.