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Yale University Press
15 June 2010
Art & design styles: from c 1960; Painting & paintings; Collage & photomontage; Individual artists, art monographs
A stunning mid-career retrospective 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 decollage practices.

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By:   Christopher Bedford
Contributions by:   Hilton Als, Robert Storr, Richard Shiff, Katy Siegel
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 312mm,  Width: 249mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   2.108kg
ISBN:   9780300163582
ISBN 10:   0300163584
Series:   Wexner Center for the Arts (YALE)
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 June 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Mark Bradford

Bradford is one of the most dynamic artists working in the contemporary art world. --D. A./i>--D. A. Siedell Choice


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