Reality and fantasy don’t collide in Mark Ryden’s art so much as they are equal halves of a more natural and dreamlike world.Read More
Mark Ryden is on something of a sugar high. Backstage at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the painter giddily navigates a luscious candyland of his own creation — something he’s now seeing fully realized, onstage, for the first time.Read More
A Viennese pastry shop, dancing sweets, a little boy who overindulges and a revolution by the lower pastry orders. An almost unknown Richard Strauss score. Décor and costumes by the pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. And a great title: “‘Whipped Cream’! It’s really wonderful,” Alexei Ratmansky said of his full-length work for American Ballet Theater after a long day of rehearsal last week.Read More
Mark Ryden will have a major restrospective of his work exhibited in Málaga, Spain at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga.Read More
The Riverside Art Museum welcomes the return of the annual pop surrealist exhibition organized by Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Books, an alternative, underground publishing company based out of Los Angeles.Read More
Cut from neo-Victorian cloth, painters Mark Ryden and Marion Peck are the king and queen of the Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism art scene. A long time cult figure, Ryden's latest show in LA was “The Gay 90's: West," at Kohn Gallery in 2014. Nearly two years in the making, the show drew over 2,000 attendees the first day. Fellow artist Marion is the yin to Ryden's yang; stylistically one can see how each influences the other's work. They are the arbiters of fantasy and exaggerated kitsch, wrapped up in a colorful Victorian epitaph. Collectively, the artists have nearly half a million followers on social media, and their collector roster includes Cliff and Mandy Einstein, singer Katy Perry, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.Read More
In his 1435 treatise De pictura, the Renaissance-era philosopher Leon Battista Alberti notably laid out the rules for history painting, or istoria, in which rules of perspective and creating a lifelike esemblance to nature, with a clear emphasis on notions of beauty and visual pleasure, are given top priority. Equally important for Alberti was the idea that the spectator of a painting ought to be able to conceptually enter into that picture.Read More
In the last few years, a number of major Los Angeles art galleries relocated to new, larger and more ambitiously designed spaces. A couple of weeks ago, Michael Kohn Gallery opened the doors of its impressive new space on Highland Avenue. Its large main gallery, with its skylights and 22-foot ceiling, has the gravitas of a museum space. The new space was inaugurated with an exhibition by well known LA artist Mark Ryden, who has a following not only among serious art collectors, but among young, hip crowds as well.Read More
Leonardo DiCaprio is an ardent collector of his macabre paintings. Katy Perry refers to his imagery in Twitter posts, and Amanda Seyfried has practically begged to be his muse. (“I’d love for him to paint a caricature of me with blood trickling down my throat and me holding a dead cat,” she told W magazine.) That gown of raw meat that Lady Gaga donned on MTV a few years ago? Derived from one of his best-known works.Read More
It wasn't supposed to be this way. It was all supposed to happen on November 11, 2011, just a quiet continuation of Mark Ryden's already blockbuster The Gay 90's Olde Tyme Art Show that showed in NYC at Paul Kasmin in Spring 2010. Mark was scheduled to work on a few new additions for the West Coast audience at Michael Kohn Gallery, have this one opening, then move on to another body of paintings slated for the future.Read More
Artist Mark Ryden -- the man behind Tyler, The Creator's "Wolf" album artwork -- recruited the Odd Future ringleader and a handful of other artists to produce covers of Harry Dacre's 1892 popular song, "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)." Katy Perry, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and long-time Tim Burton composer Danny Elfman each provided their own unique take on the tune, appearing on the LP "The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell."Read More
Mark Ryden wasn’t made for this time. His paintings, which depict a sumptuous surrealism more common in various points of history, play out like Vermeer on an absinthe trip, with the irreverent 1960s freakout humor of Robert Crumb thrown in for good measure. Populated with po-faced pale young girls, meat of every cut, Abraham Lincoln, and the occasional pop star, Ryden’s new set of paintings, “The Gay ’90s,” addresses the artist’s complex relationship to the past.Read More
Last Saturday afternoon, for six hours straight, a steady stream of art enthusiasts showed up for the much-anticipated opening of Mark Ryden's new exhibition The Gay 90s: West, currently on view at the Kohn Gallery's expansive new space located on Highland in the heart of Hollywood.Read More
Mark Ryden spent two years on the Memory Lane diorama in "The Gay 90's: West," his
second Kohn Gallery exhibition and the first show at the gallery's new Hollywood space.
A dense collection of found, altered objects and painted miniatures all set behind glass
inside a hand-carved, 9-foot-long carriage, the diorama looks like a pastel-colored cross
between that HBO drama Deadwood and a 1940s variety show.
The beloved album artist Mark Ryden recently came out of a long retirement from making LP covers to work on a special edition of Tyler the Creator's "Wolf."
Now he's gotten the L.A. rapper-producer and many other stars to return the favor for a new project.Read More
It may have been 90 degrees last night but that didn't stop Leo from weighing in on Mark Ryden's latest foray into the past "The Gay 90's West."
There's not one person I know who hasn't said at one time or another, "I wish I lived in another time." Mark Ryden decided long ago not to just yearn for it, but live it, in his own artistic way.Read More
Video Village With Ask Chris: Mark Ryden's Gay '90s West
I can’t stop watching this preview for artist Mark Ryden’s new exhibition, The Gay Nineties West, opening tomorrow night at the Kohn Gallery in Hollywood. His creaky creepy calliope diorama, Memory Lane, is mesmerizing and filled with artifacts from the entire 20th century celebrating the end of the 19th. Insert a penny and the contraption lights up and plays the 1892 hit Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) as wagons filled with all manner of surreal creatures parades by. The gallery is selling a new recording of the song, performed by a chorus including Katy Perry, Danny Elfman, and Mark Mothersbaugh, to benefit Little Kids Rock. Like the artwork, the song is familiar and far-off, simple and baroque, comforting and queasy. I love it, and it’s already sold.
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Ryden expands his singular melding of high and low art, cerebral meditation and pop-culture camp with "The Gay 90s: West," a new exhibition at the Kohn Gallery in L.A. that's a continuation of "The Gay 90s: Olde Tyme Art Show," which took place at New York's Kasmin Gallery in 2010.Read More
Pop Art painter Mark Ryden's new show "The Gay 90s" opening Saturday, May 3 at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, features plenty of weird cameos from Abraham Lincoln, strange phantasmagoric scenes with raw meat, and his signature oval-eyed little girls. One of the little girls, a smaller painting in the back of the gallery, depicts Katy Perry.Read More