The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will present Mark Bradford as the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition.
Mark Bradford (American, b. 1961) is one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation. Working in the wake of Abstract Expression, his sweeping canvases recapture mid-century American art’s capacity to conjure the sublime and evoke deep feeling, while incorporating layers of social comment. In parallel with his work in the studio, Bradford maintains a social practice, anchored by his Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Art + Practice, which promotes education and culture by providing life skills training and arts education for foster youth in the community of Leimert Park, Los Angeles. These equivalent commitments to formal invention and social activism anchor Bradford’s contribution to culture at large, embodying his belief that artists in the 21st century can reinvent the world we share.
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is among the nation’s premier university museums dedicated to 20th and 21st century art. A center of cultural and intellectual life on campus, the museum serves as a living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation, and the production of new knowledge through art. With its international collections, changing exhibitions, and diverse public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University.
The U.S. Pavilion is commissioned and co-curated by Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel. Bedford is Baltimore Museum of Art's Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director and Adjunct Professor of the Practice in Fine Arts at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; Siegel is the Rose Art Museum's curator at large and Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University.
The Venice Biennale dates to 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. It is one of the most important international biennials and cultural institutions in the world, introducing hundreds of thousands of visitors to exciting new art every two years. The 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (May 13-November 26, 2017) is directed by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris.