Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Eyes Have It

It's no secret Mark Ryden is at the top of the Pop Surrealism heap in terms of popularity and being able to command (and get) breath-taking prices for his gorgeous paintings. Next month Ryden unveils a new series of paintings with a woodland theme at the blue chip Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. This is his first full show since the tiny "Blood" series he showed years ago. (If you missed the "Wondertoonel" retrospective at the Frye...well...you missed something special). Don't bother asking to be on the waiting list unless you are prepared to expose the contents of your bank account and you already have a blue chip art collection. Along with the Clayton Brothers, Ryden is one of the few Pop Sur artists to be making the transition from the insular Pop Surrealism movement to the contemporary art scene in general and it will be interesting to see the reception he gets. I'll be heading to the preview next month and will blog all the fabulous art dirt for you here.

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