The Albright-Knox is organizing the first large-scale museum exhibition in North America devoted to the work of Joe Bradley (American, born 1975). This mid-career survey celebrates an artist respected for his mutable approach to the practice of painting. Bradley’s work includes expressionistic canvases that record the detritus and spontaneity of the studio environment; drum-taut, subtly figurative send-ups of Minimalist painting; starkly primitive glyphs drawn in grease pencil on unprimed canvas and related drawings on paper; graphic silkscreen paintings; and modular Minimalist aluminum sculptures that Bradley pairs with textual directives.
The artist’s shifting approach can be seen as central to his practice: he uncovers, adopts, and mines the different guises that previous abstract painters have made available to an artist of his generation. This will be the first exhibition to allow viewers to perceive the complexity and richness of Bradley’s unique approach to language, abstraction, and the evolutions of style.
After its presentation at the Albright-Knox, the exhibition will travel to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, the richly-illustrated catalog, Joe Bradley, presents the full range of Bradley’s unique approach to language, abstraction and the evolutions of style. The catalog includes all works in the exhibition as well as an introductory essay by exhibition organizer Cathleen Chaffee, new scholarly essays, an interview with the artist and an exhibition history.