Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Mark Bradford: "End Papers"
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present Mark Bradford's exhibition, "End Papers." Curated by Michael Auping, former Chief Curator at the Modern, this exhibition focuses upon the key material and fundamental motif the artist employed early in his career and has returned to periodically over the past two decades.
The pivotal works in this exhibition are primarily constructed from end papers, which Bradford learned to use as a hairdresser in his mother's beauty salon in South Central Los Angeles. These small sheets of translucent paper protect hair from overheating in the process of using curlers to create permanent waves. Part painting and part collage, the colored "End Paper" works feature grids that contain various hues that pulsate across the surface.
Bradford's "End Paper" works not only allowed him to make beautiful abstract paintings but inspired the artist's use of "social papers" that related to his biography and his neighborhood. From the End Papers, Bradford began using merchant's posters, broadsides, and even billboards he found in downtown Los Angeles to make his paintings.
The exhibition will include approximately 35 major End Paper works drawn from private and public collections and new work created by the artist for this presentation.