Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford has been awarded the High Museum of Art’s David C. Driskell Prize, named in honor of the eponymous African American scholar and artist. Founded in 2005, the Driskell Prize was the first national award to recognize individuals contributing original work to the field of African American art or art history. It will be presented to Bradford along with a $25,000 cash award at a dinner at the High in Atlanta on April 29.
In keeping with the Driskell Prize’s mission, Bradford’s work manifests, through collaged found materials, the harsh social, political, and economic issues facing contemporary urban communities. His work resides in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“Mark Bradford is a wonderfully important voice in contemporary art,” the High’s director, Rand Suffolk, said in a statement. “His work and life powerfully advocate for social change and provide poignant 21st century perspectives on the politics and psychology of human interaction. The boundary-pushing nature of his practice embodies the spirit of our annual Driskell Prize, and we’re proud to honor him in this way.”