Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford

by Christopher Bedford, Hamza Walker
     
 

Mark Bradford is best known for dazzling, large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States. Gathering carefully chosen found and salvaged materials from the area surrounding his studio in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Bradford engages in an intricate artistic

Overview

Mark Bradford is best known for dazzling, large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States. Gathering carefully chosen found and salvaged materials from the area surrounding his studio in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Bradford engages in an intricate artistic process that involves both creation and destruction. His complex, fractured works address pressing political issues and the media’s influence on contemporary society while cataloguing cultural change and the artist’s personal responses to societal condition.

The first major book on this leading American artist, Mark Bradford features essays by distinguished authors who investigate how Bradford straddles the line between social critique and formal innovation, playing the two against one another to produce works of seduction and analysis. Topics include Bradford’s debt to abstract expressionism, his relationship to the largely unknown history of twentieth-century abstraction by African American artists, his work as a public artist, and his interest in midcentury European collage and décollage practices.

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Bradford is one of the most dynamic artists working in the contemporary art world.—D. A. Siedell, Choice

— D. A. Siedell

Choice - D. A. Siedell

"Bradford is one of the most dynamic artists working in the contemporary art world."—D. A. Siedell, Choice

Library Journal
Accompanying a 2011–12 traveling retrospective exhibition with the same name, this generously illustrated catalog (209 color reproductions) constitutes the first major book on Mark Bradford. An African American artist of increasing repute and a longtime resident of South Central Los Angeles, Bradford is best known for his large-scale, abstract paintings that reflect the class-, race-, and gender-based economies of neighborhoods surrounding his studio. Part 1 comprises mostly four essays and two interviews. Exhibition curator Bedford (Wexner Ctr. for the Arts) situates Bradford and his works in relation to abstract art traditions. Other essays address how Bradford perceives himself in terms of his background and other artists; his production techniques, materials, and artworks; the various contexts in which he works as well as the specific circumstances surrounding the creation of many of his pieces; and an overview of his masterpieces. Reproductions of exhibition works are featured in Part 2, with an exhibition checklist, a one-page biography, an exhibition history, an annotated bibliography, and more. VERDICT Thoughtfully presented and nicely illustrated, this will interest general and specialized readers, including students, artists, scholars, and others. Highly recommended.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300163582
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
628,460
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Bedford is curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Hilton Als is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. Carol S. Eliel is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. Katy Siegel is professor of art history at Hunter College, City University of New York. Robert Storr is dean of the Yale University School of Art. Hamza Walker is director of education at The Renaissance Society, the University of Chicago.

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