High Museum announces winner of 2016 Driskell prize

The High Museum of Art today named contemporary, Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford as the 2016 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize.

The Driskell Prize, named in honor of the eponymous African American artist and scholar, was founded in 2005 as the first national award to recognize an early or mid-career scholar or artist whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African-American art or art history.

The award will be presented to Bradford along with a $25,000 cash award at a black-tie event at the High on April 29.

Based in Los Angeles, Bradford is known for his monumental, abstract collage works, which feature intricately layered forms and lines created using found materials such as string, carbon paper and billboard paper. In his paintings, installations and sculptures, Bradford explores how socioeconomic and political forces converge to shape the diverse culture and physical environments of urban communities.

“Mark Bradford is a wonderfully important voice in contemporary art,” said Rand Suffolk, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director said in a statement. “His work and life powerfully advocate for social change and provide poignant 21st century perspectives on the politics and psychology of human interaction. The boundary-pushing nature of his practice embodies the spirit of our annual Driskell Prize, and we’re proud to honor him in this way.”

Bradford’s work has been featured in more than 40 solo exhibitions over the past two decades and is included in the collections at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The 2016 Driskell Prize Dinner is co-chaired by M. Alexis Scott and Jim Morgens with Honorary Chair Louise Sams. Tickets for the black-tie event may be purchased by contacting Rhonda Matheison at rhonda.matheison@woodruffcenter.org or by calling 404-733-4403.

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