Dove Bradshaw was born Katherine Loveday Bradshaw on 24 September 1949 in New York City. Beginning in 1969, she pioneered the use of Indeterminacy in sculpture, painting, performance and film. By persistently relinquishing control, she took Conceptual Art in a sensuous direction. Her early fusion of scientific exploration with art practice has anticipated activities of later generations by several decades. These prescient impulses have come to be broadly embraced in Process Art, Science/Art, and the genre lately termed Museum Interventions. Some of her gestures toward Indeterminacy have embraced the chance position ing of work, the use of materials particularly susceptible to weather and indoor atmosphere, the unpredictability of birds, the gradual erosion of salt and stone by water, or the use of inherently unstable substances such as acetone, mercury and sulfur. Time is no less significant a factor. She has said "Poetry is everywhere evident and therefore one only need present materials."
John Cage, a long time champion, talked about her work with Thomas McEvilley in Dove Bradshaw: Works 1969-1993, which appeared as a chapter in McEvilley's 1999 Sculpture in the Age of Doubt and in a 2003 monograph The Art of Dove Bradshaw, Nature Change and Indeterminacy, Batty Publisher, for which McEvilley wrote the text. Cage asked her to accompany him in his 1991 Carnegie International presentation and she was represented in his similarly scored Rolywholyover Circus, 1993-1995, consisting of his selection of Twentieth Century art. Appointed in 1984 as Artistic Advisor along with William Anastasi for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she designed sets, costumes and lighting for a decade of the company's stage and television productions around the world. The works were accompanied by the music of John Cage, David Tudor, Takahisa Kosugi and Emanuel Dimas De Melo Pimenta. An early survey titled Works appeared in 1984 at Syracuse University, Utica, New York and she has had three mid-career exhibitions, one in 1998 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, a second in 2003 titled Dove Bradshaw, Formformlessness, at City University of New York, and the third in 2008 at Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the major museums here as well as in Europe and Russia and she has shown regularly in the US, Europe and Asia. In 2006 sponsored by the late Shu Uemura she traveled to Asia for the first time, exhibiting in Tokyo's Gallery 360°. For the 6 th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea she presented Six Continents, an erosion work with salt taken from each of the continents. The National Science Foundation in Washington, DC assisted in the collection of Antarctic salt. Bradshaw has had residencies at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Brittany, France, the Sirius Art Center, Cobh Ireland, the Statens Vaerksteder for Kunst and Niels Borch Jensen, Copenhagen , the Pier Center, Orkney, Scotland and the Difesa Della Natura, Bolognano, Italy. Bradshaw received the following awards: Sculpture, The National Endowments of the Arts (1975); Painting, The Pollock / Krasner Award (1985); Design and Lighting, The New York State Council on the Arts Grant for Merce Cunningham Dance (1987); Costumes for Points in Space, by Merce Cunningham, Golden Lion, Prague D'Or (1986); artist's monograph Dove Bradshaw, Nature Change and Indeterminacy, Furthermore Grant (2002); and
collection of Antarctic salt, National Art / Science Award (2005-2006).
Dove Bradshaw presented the following personal exhibitions: Guilty Marks, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (1999); Elements, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2001); Six Continents and Angles, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2005); SolwayJones, Los Angeles, CA (2005); and Dove Bradshaw, Björn Ressle Gallery, New York City, NY (2007). She also took part in the following group exhibitions: New Works, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (1998); Primary Source, University of Massachusetts - Amherst Fine Arts Center, Amherst, MA (1999); Nature / Process, University Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA (1999); Destruction / Creation, Ubu Gallery, New York City, NY (2000); New Works, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2000); Century of Innocence: The History of the White Monochrome, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (2000); Jesus_C_Odd_Size, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen (2002); 20 Years in Danish Art, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2002); View Point: Works from the Museum Collection, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde (2004); New Works: Dove Bradshaw & Ian Schjals, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2004); Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2004); Reality, Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2005); Anastasi |Bradshaw | Cage | Cunningham, University Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA (2005); 6 th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2006); The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, IL - The Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, NY - Emory Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2006-2007); Björn Ressle Gallery, New York City, NY (2007); Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2007); One More: In Memoriam of Sol LeWitt, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg (2008); Stalke Galleri / Stalke Up North / Stalke Out Of Space, Kirke Saaby (2008); One More, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne (2009); The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Fundación Canal, Madrid (2009).
Works by Dove Bradshaw are kept at the following institutions: The American College of Greece, Athens; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Pier Centre, Orkney, Scotland; The American College of Greece, Athens; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The Getty Center, Malibu, California; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersberg, Russia; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dove Bradshaw continues to live and work in New York.