Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mark Ryden's "Pinxit"

This one's going out to all you lovers of fine art books. Today, December 1st, will see the release of the collector's edition of Mark Ryden's new book Pinxit, in conjunction with the opening of Miami Art Basel.

This definitive 366-page monograph from Taschen is a 20-year retrospective of Ryden's remarkable body of work, and contains a series of essays translated into three languages, including my essay, "Searching for the Mystical in the Physical."

In our recent interview, Ryden mentioned that the title Pinxit playfully references both the preponderance of pink in his work and the Latin word meaning "he painted this," which artists like Ingres and Rubens once appended after their signatures.

This initial release will be a Collector's Edition of 1,000 and an Art Edition of 50, bound in calfskin in an clamshell box, and stupendously large at 20x15 inches, but a more modestly sized trade edition will be released next year. “There is a physical scale to this book that is truly impressive,” Mark told me. “There are four-panel foldouts that will be a full five feet wide. I have always had a great passion for books, and it is very exciting to have a book of this enormity made of my own art.”

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