Joe Bradley, Day by Day, 2017, oil on canvas, 82 1/8 × 97 1/4 inches unframed (208.6 × 247 cm) © Joe Bradley. Photo by Jeff McLane.
Joe Bradley’s protean oeuvre is built on a diverse, curated visual language. Though always squarely in the realm of painting, Bradley’s series vary wildly in formal and aesthetic qualities. From the “modular” shaped canvases of pristine color fields tapped from the minimal canon, to rudimentary line drawings on found cardboard and post-its, to saturated, unprimed canvases, unceremoniously stitched together, Bradley’s evocations of exalted and disposable culture lend equivalency to the discrete elements as they champion the materials of their making.
Joe Bradley was born in 1975 in Kittery, Maine. He received his B.F.A. in 1999 from Rhode Island School of Design. 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); “Timeless Painting,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); “The Forever Now: Contemporary Paintings in an Atemporal World,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); “New York Painting,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2015); and “Progressive Praxis,” de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami (2016). Bradley participated in the Whitney Biennial (2008); Portugal Arte 10 (2010); Frieze London (2014); and FIAC (2014).
A mid-career survey of Bradley's work is currently on view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and will subsequently travel to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Bradley currently lives and works in New York.