Becoming an artist, the young man wants to express his vision of the social lie. He finds the material of his art in the wasted prospectus with brilliant colors that he finds in the store. He sticks them in subsequent layers on canvases of large size, before making cutaways and shears in which the unveiling of the lower strata gives an idea of the decay.
Mark Bradford is fascinated by the maps but he knows that they are lying, to transmit the ideas and social priorities of the cartographer. He realizes tight patterns that look like city maps but are not identifiable to any neighborhood. Less dense areas give the illusion of the boundaries of the urban area.
The art of Bradford is assimilated in a movement named Post-Black, meaning that in the opposite of Basquiat the claim is more social than racial, and also more intellectual than violent. He is close to the statement of David Hammons regretting that blacks must adapt to an industrial civilization that was created against their will.
These two artists generate a growing interest in the art market. Let us remain here below with Bradford : Constitution IV, 335 x 305 cm, made in 2013, was sold for £ 3.8M including premium by Phillips on 14 October 2015. Smear, 244 x 183 cm, made in 2015, was sold for $ 4 4M including premium by Sotheby's on May 12, 2015.
Building the Big White Whale, 265 x 366 cm, made in 2012, is estimated $ 3M to be sold by Phillips in New York on May 8, lot 7. Made in the following year in a very similar theme and size, Biting the book, previously discussed in this column, was sold for £ 2.55M including premium by Phillips on 12 February 2015.
SOLD for $ 3.5M including premium