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Joe Bradley


Lot Closed

March 16, 04:38 PM GMT


80,000 - 120,000 USD

Lot Details


Joe Bradley

b. 1975


painted aluminum and Plexiglas construction

46 by 70 by 18 in.

116.8 by 177.8 by 45.7 cm.

Executed in 2014.

Karma, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Standing at almost four feet high and six feet wide, and composed of painted aluminum and Plexiglas, Untitled – which can be presented both in- and outdoors – is a striking work from one of Joe Bradley’s most significant sculptural series. Characterized by its uncanny, minimalist presence and high-keyed palette, this particular sculpture recalls the saturated colors and rectilinear forms of Bradley’s acclaimed “modular” paintings, a series which developed from his interest in the idea that “paintings could be different characters, related bodies that vary in arrangement and color.” (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, “Joe Bradley: Modular Paintings Exhibition Spotlight,” August 30, 2017, online). Untitled, a bicolored monolith described by critics as both “interesting” and “emblematic,” successfully embodies Bradley’s career-long engagement with the relationship between abstraction and figuration, as well as between colors, or as the artist himself put it, “figuring out how two colors can rest next to each other on a canvas, and solving it in the most explicit way possible.” (In Gagosian Quarterly, “Joe Bradley,” Summer 2017, online)