Mark Bradford: End Papers

Drawing on the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his South Los Angeles community, Mark Bradford is known for his wall-size collages and installations from scavenged materials. These artworks are responses to the impromptu networks--underground economies, migrant communities, or popular appropriation of abandoned public space--that emerge within a city. This book focuses on some of Bradford's earliest works which take the form of subtle abstract collages made from end papers, small translucent paper that protects hair from overheating, which he learned to use while working as a hairdresser in his mother's salon.

Part painting and part collage, the colored End Papers works feature grids that contain various hues that pulsate across the surface. Begun when he was a student at the California Institute of Art in the 1990s, the End Paper paintings were the beginning of his process of combining paper and paint. Bradford said recently, "I learned my own way of constructing paintings through the End Papers--how to create space, how to use color. And how to provide a new kind of content. They were the beginning for me." 

  • Author: Michael Auping
  • Hardcover
  • 124 pages
  • 11 5/8 x 12 7/8
  • Published by Prestel (February 26, 2020)

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