In the new works on view at Hauser & Wirth, Mark Bradford probes stories found in comic books to question the archetype of the antihero and the influence of the media on contemporary society, while also revisiting misconceptions of black identity and gender as seen in previous works. ‘New Works’ presents paintings that extend the artist’s examination of homophobia and racism in American society. Bradford employs the ‘tools of civilization’ — billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers — creating layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.