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The Art of Mark Ryden's Whipped Cream: For the American Ballet Theatre

The Art of Mark Ryden's Whipped Cream: For the American Ballet Theatre




Ryden was recently commissioned to create the set and costume design for a new production of Whipped Cream, put on by the American Ballet Theatre with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Whipped Cream is based on Schlagobers, a two-act ballet with libretto and score by Richard Strauss that was first performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924. Premiered the MET new york, this ballet is already consider as a new classic masterpiece which would continue to be perform year after year. In partneship with Mark ryden and the crew of ABT, this book tells the story of this artistic journey.

« A fantastical ballet of candyland delights »

LA Times

« A Sweetly Disturbing Confection »

The New York Times

« A Glutton's Fantasia"

The Wall Street Journal

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ISBN-13: 9782374950587
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 13.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, "Pop Surrealism", dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden has trumped the initial surrealist strategies by choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation. Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden's world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes. Mark Ryden received a BFA in 1987 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art, and in the exhibition "The Artist's Museum" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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