Scorched Earth provides an in-depth exploration of acclaimed artist Mark Bradford’s latest body of work, as showcased in the 2015 “Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth” exhibition at the Hammer Museum. Comprising of a suite of paintings, a multimedia installation, and a major painting which features a map of HIV diagnoses in the United States as of 2009, the Los Angeles-based artist’s work serves as a critique of the pervasive racism and homophobia in society. Exploring the idea of the body in crisis, Bradford’s layered multi-textured paintings are outward expressions of fear, outrage, and lasting wounds. Inside this book, one can find these stunning paintings, along with insightful texts, including an essay by the exhibition’s curator Connie Butler; a conversation between Mark Bradford, A.L. Steiner and Wu Tsang; Bradford’s incisive performance script; reprinted essays from 1987 to today; and a chronology detailing the intersection of LGBTQ activism and Black Los Angeles from 1970 to 1995.
Playtime, an exhibition featuring this artist, is on view February 10 to May 6, 2018.
Dimensions are 10.25"x7.75"