From his Snow Yak to his very personal interpretation of the California bear, for more than 20 years Mark Ryden has populated an incredible “pop surrealist” bestiary of half-animal, half-plush creatures. Inspired by the Rushton toys that enjoyed their heyday in America in the ’60s + ’70s, these creatures are now the object of a cult worship among fans of the artist + are one of his marks of distinction in the world of contemporary art.
Anima Animals reveals the details + backgrounds of the paintings Mark Ryden created for his 2020 show at Emmanuel Perrotin‘s gallery in Shanghai, organized in collaboration with Kasmin Gallery, but also some of his most iconic master-pieces showcasing yaks + others creatures of his own mythology. With a statement essay from the artist + an essay by the curator + writer, Linda Tesner, this book will become an instant classic for the lovers of contemporary art + surrealism. 60 color paintings. Published by Cernunnos in December 2020. Hardcover. 144 pages.
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