The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has acquired Mark Bradford’s monumental Kingdom Day (2010), a painting/mixed-media construction that spans 40 feet. The work’s title refers to the annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, held each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. According to a MAMFW press release, the work heaves with the energy of the parade, complete with references to banners and to the swirls of humanity that the parade attracts each year.
The work debuted at the 2010 Seoul International Biennale of Media Art. The biennale’s website chronicled the piece and its installation here.
Mark Bradford was the guest on Episode No. 19 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. I’d like to think that Bradford and I went beyond the usual conversation about his work to discuss some of the less obvious narratives he explores.
The last stop of the Wexner-organized Mark Bradford survey is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where the show has just over a month left to run. On the occasion of the show’s arrival in San Francisco, I talked with Bradford on The Modern Art Notes Podcast. I think it’s one of the very best episodes of the show yet: Bradford opened up about his life and work in strikingly personal, even emotional ways. Don’t miss it.
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Image: Mark Bradford, Scorched Earth, 2006.