Mark Bradford’s painting, Helter Skelter (2007), among the highlights of last Phillips record sale in London, which also set the record price for the artist, found a new very prestigious home: The billionaire collector and philanthropist Eli Broad has turned out to be the buyer of Mark Bradford monumental work, which will become a central piece in the LA The Broad Museum collection. In fact, Bradford’s work was considered very “central” to the Broad’s collection and so was unavoidable to fight bidding for it, said Joanne Heyler, the museum’s chief curator, who described the painting in a statement as “a masterpiece that references a chilling period in Los Angeles history—cult leader Charles Manson’s malevolent obsession with inciting a race war in the late 1960s, which he called Helter Skelter.”
“This is an astonishing work by one of the greatest artists of our time—and we are honored to have played a role in securing a wonderful new home for this masterpiece,” said Jean-Paul Engelen, co-head of 20th century and contemporary art at Phillips, in a statement.
The Broad Museum, thanks to its forward-looking and very passionate patron, is now becoming one of the most active private institution in acquisitions and new activities, always enriching its collection with very high-hand works by major contemporary artists.
In fact, The Broad recently announced additional acquisitions including: Longing for Eternity (2017) by Yayoi Kusama, which will become the museum’s second infinity room by the artist. It will debut to the public tomorrow, March 17. The museum also added to its collection a painting by Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (2017), its first by the artist, and a major 60-part photographic work by Sherrie Levine, After Russell Lee 1–60(2016), as well as other pieces by Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Sharon Lockhart, Robert Longo, Julie Mehretu, Lari Pittman, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Jonas Wood.
Moreover, keeping on having a look on one of the most promising american artist from the last generations, The Broad also announced it had bought another, more recent Bradford work, titled I heard you got arrested today (2018), which is currently part of an exhibition of his new work on view now at Hauser & Wirth in downtown Los Angeles (through May 20).
We can see how Bradford’s market is clearly heating up, becoming one of the youngest established american artist, whose price continue to rise. Further boosted by last year’s well received presentation at the Venice Biennale, as well as several institutional commissions in United States, the demand for his work has been intense for several years now. Definitely an artist to keep an eye on!