Movie Star Donates a Mark Bradford to MOCA

Mark Bradford, I Will Vent My Anger in Terrifying Books, 2012. MOCA, gift of Brad Pitt. (c) Mark Bradford/Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Brad Pitt has donated a 2012 Mark Bradford, I Will Vent My Anger in Terrifying Books, to MOCA. It's one of a hundred works by 63 artists acquired in 2023 and recently announced.

There are plenty of Bradfords next door at the Broad, but I Will Vent My Anger… becomes MOCA's first and only painting/collage by the artist. The museum co-owns the 2015 video piece Spiderman with the Hammer.

Henry Taylor, untitled, 2020. MOCA

Other new works include an untitled bronze sculpture by Henry Taylor that was in the recent survey and Pope.L's Trinket, whose purchase was announced in July.

Pieces by My Barbarian, Karon Davis, Simone Forti, Ishi Glinsky, Channing Hansen, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Tala Madani, Robert Morris, Raymond Pettibon, Barbara T. Smith, and David Smith have also entered the collection. A full list is here.

Simone Forti, Bug Jump, 1975-1978. MOCA. Photo: Jeff Lane/(c) Simone Forti

David Smith, untitled, 1959-1960 (spray paint on paper). MOCA, gift of Marc Selwyn


Anonymous said…
Nice to see MOCA still getting significant donations even though it’s got a fraction of the visitors other museums have. The really need an expansion or new location to get people excited about this place again.
Anonymous said…
^ In lieu of that, they need to slot in more artworks per square feet of wall space. When too many of MOCA's galleries are paintings or sculpture dressed up as blank white walls or empty parquet floors, that suggests the museum has more space than a collection.

As for LACMA's new building, the reduced square footage will really be put to the test by all the walls that are floor-to-ceiling windows. However, in one way they may be an OK or even welcome distraction. Watch cars tooling down Wilshire! But in other ways all those windows very well may give a frivolous quality to the museum. Time will tell, of course.