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Artist Mark Bradford Reflects on His Style & His Life

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Coming to adulthood in the 1980s, Mark Bradford thought the AIDS epidemic will also claim his life even though he was not HIV positive. At least that’s what he was told by his doctor because he fit the demographic of those who were dying from the mysterious disease. In order to see as much as he could before it was his turn, Bradford traveled and saw as much as he could. Then he realized that he was still around and will likely continue to be around.

Bradford’s style is a combination of the rush he felt in living his life and the reflectiveness that has overcome him now that he has the time to be reflective.

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“Killing the Goodbye” (2015) by Mark Bradford Credit: Joshua White/JWPicture

His latest piece, a giant, cyclorama (a 360-degree mural) titled “Pickett’s Change” is currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The massive piece is made up of 8 smaller commissions.

CNN recently sat down with the artist for an interview. Watch the full interview here.

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