The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. $ 12 million Mark Bradford Painting
Eli Broad’s Museum is the buyer of the Record-Setting $ 12 million Mark Bradford Painting
The painting, “Helter Skelter,” belonged to a long list of recent acquisitions at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.
The billionaire collector and philanthropist Eli Broad turned out to be the buyer of the monumental painting Helter Skelter I (2007) by Mark Bradford, which placed a record at Philips last week in London when it was sold for £ 8.7 million ($ 12 million) . The work now goes to The Broad Museum in Los Angeles.
Former tennis player John McEnroe sent the job to Phillips with a guarantee and a high estimate of £ 6 million to £ 8 million, making the result a new auction record for the artist. “This is an amazing work by one of the greatest artists of our time – and we are honored to have played a role in securing a beautiful new home for this masterpiece,” said Jean-Paul Engelen, co-leader of the 20th century and contemporary art at Phillips, in a statement.
Bradford’s work was central to the Broad collection, said Joanne Heyler, the museum’s senior curator, who described the painting in a statement as “a masterpiece that refers to a chilling period in the history-cult leader Charles Manson’s malicious obsession with incitement a racial war in the late 1960s, which he called Helter Skelter. “The painting becomes an important part of the galleries of the museum, she added.
The Broad also announced that it had bought another, more recent Bradford work, entitled I heard that you were arrested today (2018), which is currently part of an exhibition of his new work, now on show in Hauser & Wirth in the center of Los Angeles (until May 20).
The Broad has recently announced additional acquisitions, including Longing for Eternity (2017) by Yayoi Kusama, which becomes the second infinity room of the museum by the artist. It will debut for the public, March 17. The museum also added a painting by Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (2017), the first by the artist and a large 60-part photographic work by Sherrie Levine, After Russell to the collection. 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.
The Bradford market is clearly warming up – strengthened even more by the well-received presentation last year at the Venice Biennale – although the demand for its work has been intense for several years
A virtual link between Bradford’s second highest auction price, £ 3.8 million ($ 5.8 million), was paid for Constitution IV (2013) in Phillips London Saleroom in October 2015, and the same price was set for Bear Running From The Shotgun (2015) on Christie’s London’s recent evening sale of post-war and contemporary art on 6 March.