Lot 20
  • 20


3,000 - 5,000 USD
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  • Beach Fire
  • acrylic on canvas
  • 16 by 20 in. 40.6 by 50.8 cm.
  • Executed in 2018.


Courtesy of the artist

Catalogue Note

Born in 1942, Katherine Bradford is a New York-based contemporary painter best known for her euphoric and dream-like canvases. Her work hovers at the edge of abstraction, and her use of fiery colors and pared down forms allows her to dip into an otherworldly dimension. Bradford’s scenes occupy the hazy space between reality and imagination; superheroes, swimmers and spaceships frequently appear in her work, scattered across radiant fields of color. These figures are captured mid-motion, their direction of movement ambiguous. Ultimately, it is unclear if they are rising towards the sky or plunging into an abyss, altogether reflecting Bradford’s art, which contains unbounded interpretations. Bradford’s work is included in public and private collections across the country, such as MoMA PS1; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships in recognition for her work, including two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, and Guggenheim Fellowship. Bradford’s art is epic and brave, honest and vulnerable. Although she captures scenes that evoke nostalgia, she simultaneously dives into infinity, fearlessly welcomes the unknown and embraces all that the future holds.