NEWS///TOYBOX///FIRST LOOK: MARK RYDEN’S “YHWH” AND TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S “INOCHE” FIGURES

April 5, 2009  |  art, Mark Ryden, Murakami, News, Toybox  |  Comments Off

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Just when the innovation level of the vinyl toy market hit an all-time low alongside the economy, MARK RYDEN and TAKASHI MURAKAMI have unveiled killer new signature figures to inject some much-needed vitality into the genre. Coming soon from LONG GONE JOHN's secretive NECESSARIES TOY FOUNDATION is the first vinyl toy from master painter MARK RYDEN. Long ignoring the world of toys—and rightly so—Ryden has finally teamed up with his most avid art stalker to release this diminutive version of his multi-eyeballed pink totem pole that originally appeared in (and derives its title from) the painting "YHWH," that first appeared in his 2004 "Wondertoonel" show. With an expected release date of Summer 2009, young art goths in search of this Holy Grail best start camping out at your neighborhood toy stores now. Meanwhile, Takashi Murakami's "Inochi" figure, produced by Japanese toy giants MEDICOM and based on the artist's character who has appeared in a series of hilarious and surreal Japanese TV Commercials and as a life-sized sculpture in his traveling "© Murakami" art show, has just hit shelves as part of a new exhibition at the artist's own KAIKAI KIKI gallery in Tokyo. With doors open to the public on Saturday, The show made available five Inochi figures in as many different colored outfits in an edition of 200 pieces each that retailed for a whopping $1,500 USD. In the words of Murakami's camp: “Fashioned with an astounding attention to detail, the Inochi action figure is a small-scale replica of the original sculpture, created by world renowned toy manufacturer Medicom Toy. Like its larger counterpart, which was subject to over six years of work before reaching completion, the action figure has been in planning for nearly three years. The result features a level of perfection that exceeds that of a mere toy and accords it the status of a work of art. The figure also comes with costuming, in the form of Inochi’s school uniform and rucksack, both of which are removable. Each figure will be available with costumes in 5 colors, identical to those worn by the original, and also as a special set of 5.” Read More

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TOKYO///FIRST LOOK///OPENING NITE AT MARK RYDEN’S “SNOW YAK SHOW” AT TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY

February 11, 2009  |  art, Feature, Mark Ryden, News, Openings, Tim Biskup, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

litttlebearr.jpg Otaku MARK RYDEN fans got a much-needed dose of face time with their art idol in Tokyo last Saturday nite when his hotly anticipated new "Snow Yak Show" debuted at TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY. In attendance were longtime Ryden brothers-in-arms TIM BISKUP and GARY BASEMAN who helped their bearded elder celebrate in true snow yak style replete with fuzzy white headgear and ice cold hearts to boot. The sold out show of new oil paintings and drawings represents a stark aesthetic departure for the artist who leaves behind his trademark meat-laden painting style and ornate frames behind with this collection of minimalist new work.

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NEWS///WORDS & PICTURES///MARK RYDEN SIGNS “THE TREE SHOW” BOOK THIS WEEKEND AT MOCA

January 31, 2009  |  art, LA, Mark Ryden, News  |  Comments Off

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Mark Ryden at home in the wooly wilderness...

Worshipers of the formerly ultra-hairy beast known as MARK RYDEN can get their stalk-on up close and personal at MOCA this Saturday between 3—5pm when the reclusive artist will be onsite signing copies of his brand spankin new "The Tree Show" book. For the uninitiated unfamiliar with former Ryden appearances, prepare yourself for an epic line of otaku fanboys and girls all patiently waiting their turn to have the master sign all manner of objects and flesh. In short, it's the people-watching event of the weekend bar none. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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JAPAN///NEWS///ANNOUNCING MARK RYDEN’S “SNOW YAK SHOW” IN TOKYO & NEW “FUR GIRL” PRINT

January 22, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Mark Ryden, News, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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The "Snow Yak" himself, and a detail of Ryden's "Fur Girl" painting/print...

Otaku MARK RYDEN fans clamoring for a close-up look at their messiah will have to head out to Tokyo next month to witness the opening of "The Snow Yak Show" in person on February 7 at TOMIYO KOYAMA GALLERY. The show features eight new paintings including "Sophia's Bubbles," a large-scale, 7 1/2 foot-wide piece that made its auspicious debut with Tomiyo Koyama at Art Basel Miami in late 2008, along with an array of smaller drawings and paintings studies. Most notable about these new pieces is Ryden's abrupt stylistic departure from the baroque detail of his previous works in favor of a more austere and minimal approach characterized by an icy cool color palette and nearly barren backgrounds. What's not captured in these accompanying photos, of course, is the incredibly delicate array of nuanced colors Ryden has layered in these deceptively simple portraits as well as a variety of distinct new textural surface treatments unseen in his previous work. It is (unfortunately for cash-strapped fans) a show that truly must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Expect full coverage of the event here on Supertouch as well as an interview with the elusive artist following the show's debut. For fans that simply can't wait for the show to open, a limited-edition print of his new "Fur Girl" painting is available NOW through PORTERHOUSE FINE ART. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///MARK RYDEN AND ERIC WHITE AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Eric White, Mark Ryden, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Art Basel saw Ryden and White at the top of their game...

Having seen an astounding array of high quality offerings at this year's ART BASEL, we still can't help but marvel at the insane quality of the new work put forth by Supertouch's own resident modern old masters MARK RYDEN and ERIC WHITE. Debuting the centerpiece of his forthcoming Tokyo solo show opening in February, Ryden showed off the 7' wide oil painting "Sophia's Bubbles," announcing a new, more simple style and palette in the process. Meanwhile, master of figurative detail Eric White continued his "Psychology of Interiors" series of oil paintings to great success with five amazing new dreamscapes. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///ART & COMMERCE///MARK RYDEN’S “SWEET WISHES” SPECIAL EDITION CHILDREN’S BOOK RELEASED TODAY…

July 22, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Books, LA, Mark Ryden, Reviews  |  Comments Off

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Today marks the debut of visionary painter MARK RYDEN 's first official children's book, "Sweet Wishes," created in collaboration with fellow painter and partner in crime MARION PECK and based on their short film of the same name. Drawing on their extensive collections of vintage children's toys and ephemera, the artists cast some of their favorite dolls as the story's protagonists and photographed them in lush fantasy sets to illustrate the short story of Dolly, Baby, and Bear and what happens when they are granted a wish from a magical fairy. The book is available now as both a normal hardcover ($20) and a boxed Special Edition (250 copies, $300) that includes the signed and numbered copy of the original picture book, a DVD of the "Sweet Wishes" movie and a Sweet Wishes bookmark, all housed in a two-pieced pink satin box. Like all Mark Ryden merch, this set will surely disappear instantly, so move fast or be forever sad. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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