Mark Bradford: Merchant Posters
Mark Bradford: Merchant Posters
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Mark Bradford: Merchant Posters

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Hardcover, 11.2" x 9", 160 pages
This book gathers for the first time an extensive selection of American artist—or “builder and demolisher,” as he describes himself—Mark Bradford’s gorgeous, searing, and heavily textured “merchant posters.” The original printed posters, collected by Bradford from around his Central Los Angeles neighborhood, are brightly colored local advertisements that target the area’s vulnerable lower-income residents. For Bradford, they serve as both the formal and conceptual underpinnings of his works on paper, décollages/collages that engage with the pressures of the cityscape. “The sheer density of advertising creates a psychic mass, an overlay that can sometimes be very tense or aggressive,” he notes. This is the first large-scale publication by a major publisher about the work of this important and increasingly influential artist.