Brace yourself New York, it’s Mark Ryden’s first major solo show on the island since 2003 and he’s brought the goods. “The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show” opens Thursday, April 29th at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Here is a peek.
Mark Ryden, Incarnation (#100), oil on panel, 2009.
Ryden has put together an exhibition that carries over his easily identifiable style with a meticulous commitment to the application of oil paint. Be sure to check out the time lapse video from the making of “Incarnation” at the bottom of this post.
Mark Ryden, The Piano Player, oil on canvas, 2010.
For some time, his paintings have concentrated on the juxtaposition of the darling and disgusting with subtle stabs at humor. Some of the work exhibited bypasses innuendo and heads straight for the punchline. Knee-jerk opinion will raise suspicion but the fact is that these pieces are strong and the artist should be commended for his alterations to the expected.
Mark Ryden, The Grinder, oil on canvas, 2010.
Mark Ryden, Riding with the Lord, graphite and watercolor on paper, 2010.
If you have merely seen the paintings in digital form, do yourself a favor, jaded New Yorkers, drop the pretense and get over to the gallery.
Mark Ryden, Virgin and Child, oil on canvas, 2010.
The images in this post have been updated (at the request of the artist) to include the intricate hand carved frames that stage these exceptional works.
Mark Ryden, Pink Lincoln, oil on canvas, 2010.
The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show
29 April – 5 June 2010
Paul Kasmin Gallery