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Anima Mundi [Hardcover]

Mark Ryden


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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have art book 18 Oct 2002
By Elvis-from-Hell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introduction to a visually arresting artist. If you like Juxtapoz type stuff, you'll love this book. But don't pay the crazy prices sellers are asking on ebay for this baby (I mean, they did print 10,000 of 'em - so how rare can it be?!?) but instead wait for the second printing which is suppose to be in the works.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing work, irritating rarity 17 Oct 2002
By B. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
on a purely sensual level, it's hard not to be won over by mark ryden. he knows his way around the oil paints, and he's got style; he saturates his scenes in a soft hazy jurassic atmosphere suggestive of the nascent dreamlands of little golden books. strange juxtapositions of quaint and curious objects compell one's attention. but that's basically all there is to it: just a superficial hotch-pot of bunnies and bees and meat. when you read his (dare i say) rather pompous explanations of his pictures, in which he tries to apply deep metaphysical meaning to the bunnies and bees and meat, it's almost embarrassing. he'd be better off just saying "here it is, it's deliberately weird, enjoy its deliberate weirdness," rather than carefully explaining how his bunnies are cute and fuzzy allegories for transcendant qabalistic mysteries.
the other thing is the fact that this is yet another art book deliberately released in a limited edition, so that anybody interested in his work has to go pay seven times its value on internet auctions to land a copy. i find that really irritating. i mean, there was a "deluxe" edition - why couldn't that have been the ridiculously limited and overpriced version, and then have the scaled-down version released in an edition large enough to meet the obvious demand? why no reprints? does mark not want my money? ok, i'm done now.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryden makes my head spin and the world turn 5 Nov 2001
By Juliette Torrez - Published on Amazon.com
This is the book so many Ryden fans have been wishing for! Perhaps it my affection for big-headed children or otherworldy pink skies that makes Ryden's work so wonderful to behold. His art transports me back to my childhood that was filled with smiling rubber animals, Barbies and the Colonel's chicken. I can't walk through the meat department of Safeway without thinking of Mark Ryden and grinning to myself. Even his monsters, mutants and oversized insects are as benign and charming as his portraits of Lincoln. It is a magical yet vaguely disturbing world Mark Ryden brings to life, full of bees, bunnies, his son Jasper and a dog named Jesus.
Mark Ryden's work has appeared on the covers of Communication Arts, Juxtapoz art magazine and Rolling Stone. His art is currently on display at the Earl McGrath Gallery in NYC. ...
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book, But Don't Go Broke On It 14 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Anima Mundi offers a nice sampling of Mark Ryden's work up to (but not including) his Bunnies and Bees exhibition artwork which is his best work so far. Some of his nice tiki themed images aren't here, and there's a number of commercial illustrations that I didn't care for. But overall a nice selection. It's his only retrospective book collection so it's your only choice right now. Although a quick seller, the book is being revised and improved for its second printing so don't spend too much cash on a 1st printing is you have to have one now, the 2nd printing will be the better buy when it comes out. Honestly, the cover price on this was $[money] and amazon's price was $[money]. So to pay $[money] plus some people are asking for is crazy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book!!! 8 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A glorious compilation of Mark Ryden's work. Includes beautiful one to a page prints of his best paintings, drawings and photos of the things that inspire him. A virtual feast for your eyes!
Mark Ryden is definitely a master artist for our age. His paintings are intricate and surreal, seeming to pull the dreamworld into the real world and representing it in such a way that is both charming and inexplicably bizarre. It is like stepping from the innocence of your childhood and finding yourself in an imaginary land where cute bunnies butcher meat and angelic children with luminous eyes hold the hand of a miniature Abe Lincoln and seem to say "this is normal".
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