Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone

Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone was conceived after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer in July 2016. The title refers to the name and color code of the pink acrylic used throughout the painting. Like the now-obsolete “flesh” crayon in the Crayola 64 box, the color “portrait tone” carries inherent assumptions about who is being depicted and presents a sobering commentary on power and representation.

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