Artist Katherine Bradford joins art writer and Rail contributor Nancy Princenthal for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading.
New York based Katherine Bradford is known for her paintings of people in luminous fields of color. Bradford paints with a formal inventiveness and a shifting sense of figure and ground, giving narrative weight to her characters who may appear as heroes or lovers, families or couples, businessman or isolated individuals. She began her career as artist relatively late in life and has achieved her widest recognition in her seventies, through New York gallery shows at CANADA, Sperone Westwater and Pace. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Grant. She has taught at Yale School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Upcoming shows this year include a solo at CANADA, Kaufman Repetto, Hall Art Foundation and at Harvard’s Carpenter Center.
A Brooklyn-based writer whose book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art received the 2016 PEN America award for biography, Nancy Princenthal is the former Senior Editor of Art in America and has also contributed to Artforum, Parkett, the Village Voice, and the New York Times. She is the author of Hannah Wilke, Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s, and a co-author of two recent books on women artists. Her essays have appeared in monographs on Shirin Neshat, Doris Salcedo, Robert Mangold and Alfredo Jaar, among many others. She has taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Princeton University; and Yale University, and is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.