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Mark Ryden's Lincoln Day Sale

by Suzanne on February 12th, 2010

Incarnation by Mark Ryden, oil on panel, 72 x 48 inches, 2009 - click to enlarge

Ah, I like etymologically correct art.

This just in for Rydenophiles: In celebration of Abe Lincoln's 201st birthday which we're celebrating today, Porterhouse Fine Art Editions are holding a one-day only sale with 50% off their entire online shop range.

Sale ends tonight midnight PST. Which is Pacific Standard Time, FYI, not an angry request to STFU.

In other news, congrats to Len for winning the last competition! Weeee! Rosemarie Trockel's Replace Me was of course based on Courbet's L’origine du monde from 1866. Well done! Your present is on its way.

Next up is the Quote of the Day. This time it's by my partner in crime bones, Alex CF, and was uttered while playing Dante's Inferno:

"I don't want to swim around, I want to fucking kill things."


And finalemente, my unsolicited two pennies on an occurrence that in the past 24 hours has been emetically exploited by the fashion blogosphère:

When will the world learn that those who write their own requiems eventually die?!

Kate Moss hologram from Alexander McQueen AW06 show

It's not even sad, it just... consequence and logic. It's so relative how, when (and even if ever) the creativity of ones lifetime unfolds; to say that McQueen was too young to die is so very presumptuous and insulting looking at his ripe oeuvre.

He doesn't owe us anything, anymore. In my eyes, he was a 230-year-old noble yet permanently hungry fashion vampire who has seen it all before - the decadent gluttony, the insane grandeur, the ethereal beauty, the auratic melancholy - and it's this what became his creation. It's not going to go away. So just let him go now, please.

by suzanne_tumblr on January 11th, 2010

Lavigna Vampirica by Julien Martinez, 2010

Four years ago, when Julien’s oeuvre consisted mainly of 3D.. errm.. let’s say interpretations of the works of Mark Ryden and Ray Caesar I had quite a falling out about him not using his (obvious) talents in a more noble way.

Tempers have calmed down a lot since 2006 and he even made me like Blythe dolls a tiny wee bit, which I thought impossible.

"In the Land of Retinal Delights" at Laguna Art Museum, CA

by Suzanne on June 19th, 2008

The Creatrix by Mark Ryden, 2005, will be on show at Laguna Art Museum

With a breathtaking line-up of 150-or-so "lowbrow"/"new fine art" names, In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - due to open at Laguna Art Museum this weekend - is bound to be a crowd-drawer.

However, I assume there's only room for one (hopefully representative) piece per artist and I wonder whether some of my insanely talented artist friends should have been included instead of vastly established H&W artists like Paul McCarthy or Raymond Pettibon, but alas, it's still an impressive mix of artists and styles.

Etymological note to self: Juxtapozian is an adjective now?! o_O

On show: Sunday, June 22 - October 5, 2008

Opening times: Mon - Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM

Featuring: Van Arno, Gary Baseman, Tiffany Bozic, Ray Caesar, Timothy Cummings, Henry Darger, Carlee Fernandez, Camille Rose Garcia, Alex Gross, Laurie Hogin, Sylvia Ji, Laurie Lipton, Chris Mars, Elizabeth McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Marion Peck, Patricia Piccinini, Gail Potocki, Mark Ryden (c.f. image above), Todd Schorr, Kara Walker, Adam Wallacavage, Joel-Peter Witkin, and many, maaaany others!

Address: Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA, tel. (949) 494-8971 | Map

Opening night report

4 Images To Perfectly Sum Up A Bizarre Day

by Suzanne on December 16th, 2007


Ice Cream for Breakfast by William Schmidt

... NOON...

Yoshi by Mark Ryden, 2007


You better finish what you started by Michael Page

... EVENING...

Chick Habit by Victor Castillo, 2007

Sundays fucking scare me.

Brown | Ryden | Earley

by Suzanne on April 28th, 2007

Yes! Finally some good news for Swiss BabyArt® lovers: My friend Trevor Brown's wee little Rubber Doll exhibition opens tonight at Büro Discount in Zurich.

Sadly, Mr TB won't be present, but I'll do my very best to do a credible impression of him. I swear you won't even notice a difference.

His works will be on view until 3 June 2007. Even though it's going to be a rather small exhibition with only a handful of paintings, you should all definitely come along, as this is a very rare opportunity to see TB's original oeuvre outside Godzillaland. Voilà:

Rubber Doll

© Trevor Brown - click for details

Where: Büro Discount, Zurich, CH.
When: 28 April - 3 June 2007 | Vernissage: 28 April, 7 PM onwards

Additional information | Artist’s website | Flyer

To inhabitants of the New World: Mark Ryden's Tree Show marks its finissage tonight, so this is your very last chance to go see it:

The Tree Show

The Apology by Mark Ryden - click for details

Where: Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
When: until 28 April 2007

Additional information | Artist's website | Juxtapoz photos

However, if you're more into grandiose vernissages than gloomy finissages, may I recommend you attend Lori Earley's opening for

Anima Sola

Drained by Lori Earley - click for details

Where: Opera Gallery, New York, USA.
When: 28 April - 19 May 2007 | Opening reception: 28 April, 6-9 PM

Additional information | Artist’s website | Juxtapoz interview

You've come a long way, Baby...

by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2007

© Mark Ryden - Animation by Suzanne G.

The Cloven Prada® Bunny

by Suzanne on August 11th, 2006

'L'art est (aussi) inutile (que la mode), rentrez chez vous.'

(Ben Vautier and Suzanne G.)

The Cloven Bunny © Mark Ryden - click to enlarge

The Blood Show © Paco Peregrin - via foto_decadent - click to enlarge

Ar(c)t(ic) Winter

by Suzanne G. on February 18th, 2005


Wondertoonel - A retrospective exhibition of the art of Mark Ryden featuring more than thirty artworks on display.

The exhibition will be traveling to Pasadena Museum of California Art on February 25th. Opening reception is from 8 to 11 PM.

→ Mark will be present for a catalog signing at the museum on February 27th, time t.b.d.

Moreover, the cryptic Daniel Martin Diaz created a painting entitled Illuminati for the Wondertoonel exhibition.



Please join the Flux Factory folks for a very special Flux Thursday on February 24th, 8 PM.

It's the closing party for Paul Burn's show Absolute Zero Nowhere - your very last chance to see Paul's work in all its wintry splendor!



N.B.: The opening reception for the Yang Fudong exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien has been postponed to February 22nd.

If you're at Kunsthalle Wien, don't miss
Aidas Bareikis
' spooky and grotesque installations. He will be exhibiting his works until March 13th.



On February 19th, Moderna Museet in Stockholm will open Munch by Himself, a unique exhibition featuring the Norwegian artist's self-portraits. Never before have so many of Munch's self-portraits been brought together in one show.

This is an absolute must-see if you live in Sverige and/or if you're one of those epileptic Munchaholics.



Matthew Porter - co-owner of Bluebottle Art Gallery - showcases a collection of brand new paintings at Artemis Gallery in Seattle. He'll be showing 3 new pieces from his Cat that Ate the World series.

Artist reception is on February 19th, 6 - 9 PM



The Institut Français' retrospective of one of European cinema's most exuberant and controversial directors gives Londoners a rare chance to see his early work.

Kusturica fans will also get a chance to see a preview of his new film Life is a Miracle, an epic romance set during the Bosnian war, before it gets released in March.

As always, Kultureflash has more details for those who are interested.

→ The retrospective runs from February 18th - 24th at the Ciné lumière



For Helvetistani folks living in the Zu-reich area:

Go and have a look at the 1 Year / 12 Months / 36 Zines exhibition - featuring all 36 Zines and the Zine Series Box published by the most inspiring Nieves Books folks throughout the last year.

→ Saturday, February 19th, From 2 - 6 PM @ Nieves Books, Hohlstrasse 122, Zurich.

In other bibliophile news, The Drama Online Store just released Art Prostitute 05. It features interviews with Gary Baseman, Tiffany Bozik, Kozyndan, and Cody Hudson as well as the freshest eyecandy on over 100 pages.



The cold's gotten into my knee --
the old rugby injury, don'cha know --
and my knee's blown out, and I'm
back on my walking stick. Lucky I
got a new one for Xmas. The handle
is a carved wooden cobra. It somehow
got knocked when it was brought
over to the house Xmas Eve, and it
now has a fang missed.

A cobra with one fang. Weirdly
apt for someone who turned 37
the other day.

So I've hobbled to the pub on my
walking stick, feeling like a right
idiot. I hate sticks. God knows what
I look like. Long leather jacket.
Headphones hanging out of the
pocket. Mountain-man beard.
Walking stick. Gimme a stupid hat
and a facial tic and I can be an
extra in a Wes Anderson movie.
Quirky Street Person #5.

Oh, I am cranky today.

- Warren Ellis (for BadSignal)

Happy belated birthday, my favourite grumpy Englishman and beloved leader! :)