exceptional artist in an exceptional space

We read about the Rockbund Art Museum, and its current exhibition of Shanghai inspired work of LA based artist Mark Bradford. The pics I saw and the accompanying story about this contemporary art space, open since 2010, and located behind the Bund, made it a target for our Sunday afternoon walk. Nice renovated 1930s building, cafe on the top, sixth floor with an outside balcony overlooking the confluence of the Huangpu and Suzhou creek, very reasonable entrance fee, and three fascinating massive canvasses inspired by a palimspestic vision of cityscapes that I very much share, and Teju Cole has put into words for me. A place that is going to be a fixture in my personal Shanghai.

Mark Bradford: Falling Horses

Mark Bradford: Falling Horses

The blurb on the museum site:

The Rockbund Art Museum is pleased to present the first major museum exhibition in Asia of the celebrated Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. Commissioned specifically for this presentation, three monumental collage paintings …fill each of the gallery floors of the museum. These exuberant new works titled The Tears of a TreeFalling Horses and Lazy Mountain are inspired by the artist’s visits to Shanghai and what he found to be the dynamic melding of disparate cultures, economies and functions in the city—the sprawl, heavy industry, old port city, the French Quarter, and the glamour of the nouveau riche. 

Mark Bradford: Lazy Mountain

Mark Bradford: Lazy Mountain

And it’s worth listening to the man speak about his art:

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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