MODERN ART MUSEUM
Katherine Bradford, Beachcomber
FOCUS: Katherine Bradford
Exhibition: Nov 04, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018
Katherine Bradford is known for her vibrant palette and eccentric compositions.
Often built up over months and sometimes years, Bradford's paintings are textured,
semi-transparent coats of acrylic paint, with hints of pentimenti exposed in the
finished surface. Her recent works revisit several of her favored motifs, such
as ships and swimmers—traditional and enduring subjects seen throughout art
history. Bradford's canvases, however, are more ominous, and often improbable
in comparison to the relative calm of James McNeill Whistler's paintings or
Paul Cézanne's portraits of bathers. In her works, ocean liners collapse in
the night sea, beachgoers and swimmers populate fearsome expanses such as
ebbing waters and outer space, and sea monsters, as in Large Ocean Painting,
2016, rear their heads above a crowded ocean. Bradford's work suggests humanity
humbled by the vastness of nature.
While simple in form, her ongoing series of nocturnal paintings exhibits a range
of colors, such as orange, neon green, and pink-violet, that glow and illuminate
the otherwise dark scenes. In Pond Swimmers, 2016, the only source of light is
emanating from the swimmers' orange-pink skin. Two figures in the work are set
within a dense blue-purple pond, while one man in the foreground lies on a sliver
of beach under the night sky. As with most of her paintings, the subjects in
Pond Swimmers are pared down, fragmented, and faceless, which suggests the
anonymous everyman. FOCUS: Katherine Bradford is the artist's first solo
exhibition in Texas and features new and recent paintings.
Katherine Bradford was born in New York City and is currently based in Brooklyn.
She received a BA from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and an MFA from the
State University of New York at Purchase. Bradford has been included in
important group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, at such
venues as MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Yale School of Art, New Haven;
and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Her work is in
several public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
Brooklyn Museum; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Worcester Art Museum,
Massachusetts; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Smith
College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.
About The Modern Art Museum
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post - World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops.
The collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints. The majority of works in the collection are dated between 1945 and the present. All major, international movements are represented, including Abstract Expressionism; British, German, French, and American Pop; Color Field Painting; Minimalism; Conceptualism; Post-Minimalism; New Image Painting, and Neo - Expressionism. Pop and Minimalism are particularly strong, as is German art of the 1970s and 1980s.
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