Mark Bradford, No Time to Expand the Sea; GEM, The Hague

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I must admit that initially i wasn’t very enthusiastic to go and see Mark Bradford’s present show at GEM, No Time to Expand the Sea. “Just another American artist, branded with a nice personal success story, who makes big and expensive works,” i thought; and

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the first room in the gallery didn’t really convince me. A 23 m long work called Sexy Cash Wall shows Bradford’s social credentials in a more or less artistic way.

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In the same room is A Siren Beside a Ship, which is nice, looking a bit like a giant finger print, but

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the only work that really attracted my attention was The Winged Turtle.

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However,

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the great room of the gallery is very convincing in both the works and the presentation.

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(Untitled triptych with fender)

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(No Time to Expand the Sea).

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(Sea Monster)

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(The Tongue in the Middle of the Port)

In this room the works breathe better and they don’t bite each other as they are all good and interesting works which made me lose my initial distrust. Some pictures in full can be seen here in the review (in Dutch) i wrote for Villa La Repubblica.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Bertus Pieters

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