Katherine Bradford is known for her vibrant palette and eccentric compositions. Often built up over months and sometimes years, Bradford’s paintings are textured, semi-transparent coats of acrylic paint, with hints of pentimenti exposed in the finished surface. Her recent works revisit several of her favored motifs, such as ships and swimmers—traditional and enduring subjects seen throughout art history. Bradford’s canvases, however, are more ominous, and often improbable in comparison to the relative calm of James McNeill Whistler’s paintings or Paul Cézanne’s portraits of bathers.
Figures from the Collection offers various artists’ perspectives on people and their surroundings. The works’ subject matter ranges from autobiographical and inclusive of friends and acquaintances to historical or completely fictional. Taken entirely from the Modern’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, videos, prints, and drawings.
25 Pages Zine Competition!
Artists Randy Guthmiller, Shasta Haubrich, and Lisa Huffaker challenge kids to design zine pages in response to works in the Modern’s collection. There will be a frenzy of art materials and competitive energy! Children can scan and submit their designs for consideration for the Modern’s fifth edition of 25 Pages, which will be available to kids visiting the Modern in the new year. This program is FREE and open to children of all ages. All materials are provided.