Flying Woman highlights Bradford’s ongoing commitment to abstraction, figuration, and color. She is widely applauded for her vibrant palette, eccentric compositions, and her approach to narrative and figurative painting in a wholly personal, unpredictable way. Organized chronologically from 1999 to the present, the exhibition explores her bathers, swimmers, superheroes, friends, and strangers for the very first time.
Consisting of approximately 40 paintings, Flying Woman offers an intimate presentation of the artist’s oeuvre and properly positions Bradford as a key figure within the canon of American painting from the late 20th century. The PMA and Rizzoli are co-publishing a fully illustrated catalogue that will feature scholarly essays by curator Jaime DeSimone and art historian Nancy Princenthal, as well as an artist-curator interview.
Organized by the PMA’s Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Curator of Contemporary Art, Jaime DeSimone, the exhibition will premiere at the PMA in summer 2022 and then travel to the Frye Art Museum in winter 2023.