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Amendment #8

2014 Mark Bradford Born: Los Angeles, California 1961 mixed media 48 1/4 × 68 1/8 in. (122.6 × 173.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Lohrfink Foundation and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2014, Mark Bradford 2015.34 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing


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The text of the eighth amendment to the U.S. Constitution is buried under layers of brightly colored paper. This amendment, one of the ten collectively known as the Bill of Rights, protects Americans from excessive fines and bail, as well as "cruel and unusual punishment." Mark Bradford invokes the amendment's protective words, only to render them illegible.

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painting - mixed media