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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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Yale University Press (first published 2010)
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William West
This is the catalog for the first major exhibition of the American artist Mark Bradford.
Bradford is a collage-ist whose aesthetic is so ambitious that the finished works amount to large scale works on canvas, and sometimes free-standing bill-board paper, which could be confused for large-scale paintings. Bradford is often, strictly-speaking incorrectly, discussed as a painter.
Bradford's technique impressed me a great deal but struck me as almost masochistically torturous. He gathers bill-board
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Roger
Aug 02, 2013 Roger rated it really liked it
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Excellent reproductions and the most comprehensive survey of Bradford's work yet that I've seen. I always just end up confused by interviews Bradford gives, so the published "conversations" in this monograph didn't do much for me. That is probably my own failing. Robert Storr's (of course) essay is insightful and contains some good comparisons between Bradford's work and other abstract artists. However, Storr also tries out some sports metaphors at times which are HI-larious in there clumsiness. ...more
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