Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mark Ryden and the Transfiguration of Kitsch

I'm thrilled to announce that the introduction to Mark Ryden's new book, a compilation of his recent work entitled The Gay '90s, was written by me.


Mark and I met after I interviewed him and Marion for Heroes & Villains. He enjoyed my in-depth and somewhat esoteric interview questions, so he asked me to continue working with him. Over the past couple of years, I have been crafting a series of interrelated essays about his recent work, and this book is the culmination of that endeavor. It has been a real honor to be part of this project.



An earlier version of my introductory essay is included in Mark's Taschen mongraph Pinxit, a comprehensive survey of his work which was just released in a stunning trade edition last week.