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Mark Bradford to Represent US at Venice Biennale in 2017

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has announced that the Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford will be the representative for the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Bradford will create a new site-specific installation for the US Pavilion in Venice, which will be on view May 13 to November 26, 2017.

The pavilion will be commissioned and co-curated by Christopher Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and Katy Siegel, the Rose Art Museum curator at large and Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw endowed chair in modern American art at Stony Brook University.

Bradford has shown in the Whitney Biennial, the São Paulo Bienal, and the Gwangju Biennale. He received the Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum in 2006, and received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2009. He was also the winner of this year’s David C. Driskell Prize. In 2013, he established Art + Practice with philanthropist Eileen Harris Norton and activist Allan Dicastro, to work with arts and young people coming from foster families in Los Angeles.

“The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is honored to present the work of Mark Bradford as the official United States Representative to the 2017 Venice Biennale,” commented Bedford. “As the leading American abstract painter of his generation and a vigorous advocate for the interests of under-represented urban communities in the US and beyond, Bradford creates work that embodies art's capacity to both inspire wonder and catalyze enduring social change.”