Mark Ryden: The Gay 90′s is a new hardcover title from Rizzoli, which documents the popular LA-based Pop Surrealist’s latest works. The new title certainly offers an excellent opportunity to investigate what all the Mark Ryden hype is about – with over 140 pages and 80+ illustrations, including beautiful and unsettling examples of his trademark bulbous-headed debutantes and nearly as many examples of his fixations on red meat and a rather uncomfortable-looking Abraham Lincoln. Yes, it’s quite eerie, dark, and creepy, but it’s also amazingly skillful, cohesive, and thought-provoking. It also contains something of a centerfold, which is fun. My favorite aspect of this coffee table all-star, however, is all the initial sketches and drawings it contains – several per completed artwork in some instances. An appealing offering for both dedicated fans and newcomers to the weird world of Ryden. [View Images]
Seeker Friend #14 “The Skateboarder” by Jeff Soto is available for 24hrs, starting at noon tomorrow, via Prints on Wood. Rad. I got #13, and now I’m wishing I had #1-#12 too…
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art is an impressive new hardcover title from Rizzoli, by Princeton University arts Professor, accomplished author, and trustee on several gallery boards, John Wilmerding. The hefty 248-page, large format tome is a major survey of pop art from the ’60s through today, and also serves as the catalog for a current exhibition the author curated at New York’s Acquavella Galleries, under the same moniker. Wilmerding categorizes major works in the movement, according to theme and precedent, and of course includes important work by Warhol, Thiebaud, Koons, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, and many more household names in pop art. [View More]
Being something of a giant fan of Australian artist The Yok, I was really stoked to see a new video of him painting alongside Sheryo over on Booooooom this morning. They’re painting in the beautiful West Australian port city of Fremantle, practically a stone’s throw from my family home. [Watch Video]
The talented Swiss-born, New York-based artist/illustrator Grotesk has just updated his website. It’s really nice and clean and showcases his amazing work well.