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Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge

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November 8, 2017-November 12, 2018
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave and 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560

Internationally renowned artist Mark Bradford will debut one of his largest works to date with Pickett’s Charge, a monumental new commission that spans nearly 400 linear feet now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Bradford drew inspiration for this new work from French artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama, currently on view in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. Philippoteaux’s cyclorama depicts Pickett’s Charge—the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, which historians cite as the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history (view 360 video of the 1883 original). Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original, Bradford transformed the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful, abstract paintings. By cutting, tearing, and scraping through the layers, Bradford reveals the hidden textures and complexities lurking just beneath the surface. Each painting is more than forty-five feet long, and together they will encircle the entire Third Level inner-circle galleries.

Allison Peck
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
(202) 633-2825