Mark Bradford (born 1961 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works) is an artist best known for his large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class, race, and gender-based economies that structure urban society. A former graduate from the California Institute of the Arts and a MacArthur Genius grant fellow in 2009, Bradford started working on collages and installations made of materials scavenged from the streets. In doing so, he created a unique body of work that still stands as a strong response to the impromptu networks that emerge within a city.
Anita Hill is a professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Sebastian Smee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning arts critic based in Boston. Connie Butler is chief curator of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.