Joe Bradley

PTDW Visiting Artists
Thursday, February 07, 5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Columbus Drive Building, Room 319
United States

A Joe Bradley painting


Bradley earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 and had his first gallery show in New York in 2003. Just three years later he had his first solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, which included boldly painted monochromatic canvases arranged in geometric formations. In recent works, Bradley paints fragments of unprimed canvas on the floor, collecting studio debris in swaths of color. Imbuing abstraction with a tactile immediacy, he applies the oil paint in thick layers to create captivating, tessellated compositions. In his drawing practice, Bradley uses such unorthodox materials as cardboard scraps, loose paper, and even sticky notes. While artistic precedents appear to be among his works’ influences and inspirations, they never settle into certainty. In many ways, Bradley holds a mirror up to the art world itself, finding humor in the ever-shifting trends and traditions of recent art history.

Bradley’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2006); Le Consortium, France (2014); BOZAR, Brussels (2016–17); and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2017, will travel to Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts). Recent group exhibitions include “Silicone Valley,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2007); “ab-strac-tion-al,” Museum 52, New York (2009); “New York Minute,” Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy (2009); “EXPO 1: NEW YORK,” MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2013); “The Inevitable Figuration,” Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Italy (2013); “The Forever Now: Contemporary Paintings in an Atemporal World,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); “New York Painting,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2015); “Progressive Praxis,” de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami (2016); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York (2017, and The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, (2018).