Mark Bradford: End Papers, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


July 01, 2020 to January 10, 2021


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3200 Darnell Street,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107

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  • Cost: $16 adults; $12 seniors (60+), active/retired military personnel & first responders with ID; $10 students with ID; free for children under. The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.


Over the past two decades, Mark Bradford has created monumental works of abstract painting and collage. This exhibition focuses on the key material and fundamental motif Bradford employed early in his career and has returned to periodically over the past two decades: end papers.

Bradford’s mature work began with his experimentation with end papers while a student at the California Institute of the Arts in the late 1990s. He had grown up in his mother’s beauty salon, eventually becoming a hairdresser himself, and was therefore quite familiar with the small papers used to protect hair from overheating during the process for permanent waves.

Incorporating them into his art was catalytic for Bradford, merging his abstract painting with materials from his life. The thin, delicate sheets are almost translucent and create the effect of soft brushstrokes across the surface of his compositions. Bradford has said, “I learned my own way of constructing paintings through the End Papers—how to create space, how to use color. And how to provide a new kind of content. They were the beginning for me. . . . It all began in the beauty salon.”

Read more about the exhibit online.