"Joe Bradley" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
On view June 24 through October 1, 2017.
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.