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Joe Bradley

Eric’s Hair

February 23–April 8, 2017
Beverly Hills

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view

Artwork © Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Works Exhibited

Joe Bradley, Day by Day, 2017 Oil on canvas, 82 ⅛ × 97 ¼ inches (208.6 × 247 cm)© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Day by Day, 2017

Oil on canvas, 82 ⅛ × 97 ¼ inches (208.6 × 247 cm)
© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Out Joy, 2017 Oil on canvas, 82 ¼ × 103 ⅛ inches (208.9 × 261.9 cm)© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Out Joy, 2017

Oil on canvas, 82 ¼ × 103 ⅛ inches (208.9 × 261.9 cm)
© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Head Game, 2017 Oil on canvas, 71 ⅛ × 83 inches (180.7 × 210.8 cm)© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Head Game, 2017

Oil on canvas, 71 ⅛ × 83 inches (180.7 × 210.8 cm)
© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Da Free John, 2017 Oil on canvas, 132 × 103 inches (335.3 × 261.6 cm)© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

Joe Bradley, Da Free John, 2017

Oil on canvas, 132 × 103 inches (335.3 × 261.6 cm)
© Joe Bradley. Photo: Jeff McLane

About

Oil paint has so much life. It really behaves like it wants to behave. You’ll go into a painting with an idea of what you want to do, and forty seconds later your plan has been upended. You always have to deal with these little skirmishes on the canvas.
—Joe Bradley

Gagosian is pleased to present Eric’s Hair, new paintings and sculpture by Joe Bradley.

Weaving together both ironic and earnest cultural references and engagements with the tradition and aesthetics of paint on canvas, Bradley’s maverick oeuvre is built on a diverse and deadpan visual language that defies easy categorization.

In the new works, Bradley tempers the use of color in bold, primary swathes with approaches to form and surface that remain resolutely contingent.

This exhibition is the 2017 Gagosian Oscar show, a highly anticipated annual fixture in the Los Angeles cultural calendar where the art, film, and celebrity communities join to celebrate a key gallery artist on the Thursday evening before the Academy Awards ceremony.

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