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Inside his Los Angeles studio, artist Mark Bradford talks mythology, the civil rights movement and the urban jungle

For his first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s Savile Row galleries, American artist Mark Bradford has engaged with a wide range of references, from ancient mythology (the show’s namesake is the multi-headed hound guarding the gates of Hades) to the European language of painting and the Watts Rebellion, a six-day riot that raged in his native Los Angeles during August 1965. Produced by the artist’s studio, this short film takes viewers behind the scenes with making-of footage of his new video work Dancing in the Street and explains the significance of the McCone Commission report on the LA riots, providing insights into developments in Bradford’s latest paintings ahead of his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London. Explore Wallpaper’s Frieze coverage here. Film: © Mark Bradford. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
‘Mark Bradford. Cerberus’, 2 October – 21 December, Hauser & Wirth London.