Beatrix Ruf & Thomas Seelig, Eds.
Mark Morrisroe’s short life on this earth included nearly 10 years of experimental output that encapsulated the trials and triumphs of this complicated young man who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1989. Mark Morrisroe highlights the diversity of the artist’s processes, including altered Polaroids, gum prints, cyanotypes, and his experimental photograms made from found materials, ephemera, and his own x-rays. Perhaps the most recognizable images from the catalogue are Morrisroe’s richly hued, painterly sandwich print manipulations. Richly illustrated with over 500 images, Mark Morrisroe is a heavy tome filled with fresh evidence of the artists’ poignant, unfiltered approach to narrating his life story (way before Instagram, of course).