Art Outgrows the Museum, Mark Bradford Edition
|Mark Bradford, Deep Blue (2018), installation view|
|Mark Bradford, Deep Blue (2018), small detail|
|Mark Bradford, Helter Skelter I (2007), installation view|
Deep Blue isn't the only line-of-sight-compromised Bradford in the Broad's current install. As Carolina Miranda noted, Bradford's Helter Skelter I—also a new acquisition and a mere 34 feet wide—is blocked by some kind of sculptural objet.
|Takashi Murakami, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (2014)|
|Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus [Infected], 2015–17. LACMA and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. © Lisa Reihana/Artprojects, image: Document Photography|
Such works are conceived for the big box stores of art fairs and biennials. Then what? They're too big to ship home to a billionaire's penthouse or beach home. They're mainly for a collector's private museum, somewhere outside of the largest urban art centers. Frank Gehry has talked up how artists will respond to the challenge of grand museum spaces like Bilbao. But most public museums can't afford a mega-scale Bradford or Murakami, nor do they have the space to show them. In that sense we are bumping up against the 1967 declaration of Time magazine: Art is outgrowing the (public) museum.
|Time magazine cover, Oct. 13, 1967|