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Katherine Bradford
American Odyssey


Katherine Bradford, Writers, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, 203.2172.7 cm, Courtesy of CANADA, New York and Katherine Bradford; Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York

Opening from 6 pm in the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark
Welcome and opening speeches

The artist will be present at the opening.

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark is delighted to be hosting the first comprehensive museum exhibition in Europe of Katherine Bradford, one of the most important positions in contemporary American painting. The show focuses on works from the last decade, including a new cycle of works produced especially for the occasion.

In her striking works over many decades, Bradford has been developing a very personal ongoing story about and through painting, which she retells with ever new variations. In recent years she has taken this to an unprecedented level of the interplay of form, color, and light with her” mysteriously present bodies. The presentations of these strange, present, and self-determined bodies in their highly expressive positions — standing, sitting, lying or suspended, — leads to an astounding focus on something very essential. Even after such a long and eventful American Odyssey, Katherine Bradford remains positive about humanity — and she invites us to share the sentiment. Her art stands for a vibrant and yet inherently critical humanism which it is good to see in complex times such as ours.

Painting can do all this if the painter can. Katherine Bradford doesn’t just do it, she does it day after day.

The exhibition is accompanied by a continuous program of events and education, and a comprehensive publication by JRP/​Editions, Geneva.

Curator: Sandro Droschl


Participating artists

Katherine Bradford

*1942 New York, lives in Brooklyn and Maine

Solo (selection): kaufmann repetto, Milan (20242021),Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (20242022), Kunsthalle Emden (2024), Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2023), Canada, New York (2023202120182016), Campoli Presti, Paris/​London (202320212019), Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg (2023), Portland Museum of Art (2022), Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2022, with Sedrick Chisom), Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT (2021), Carpenter Center for Visual Art, Harvard University, Cambridge (2021), Adams and Ollman, Portland (2020201820162014), Galerie Haverkampf, Berlin (20182017), Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Mailand (2017), Sperone Westwater, New York (2017), The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2017)

Shows (selection): Musée d‘Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2023), Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland (20232021), Kunsthaus Nürnberg (2023), Anton Kern Gallery, New York (20232022), Le Consortium, Dijon (2022), Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick (202220192004), Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam/​New York (20212019), RISD Museum, Brown University, Providence (2021), Transcend, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile (2021), Pace Gallery, New York (2019), Prospect 4, U.S. Biennial, New Orleans (2017)

Her works are amongst others in the collections of Musée d‘Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Menil Collection, Houston and the Portland Museum of Art.

Katherine Bradford, Writers, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, 203.2172.7 cm, Courtesy of CANADA, New York and Katherine Bradford; Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York