Ryden book signing at MOCA on Sat, Jan. 31st…

SATURDAY, JAN 31, 3–5pm @ The MOCA Store
MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Renowned artist Mark Ryden will sign copies of his newest release The Tree Show (2009), a hardcover collection of recent works. Through paintings and sculpture inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s tales of transformation in Metamorphoses, Ryden explores the mythological and transformative properties of trees, offering familiar preoccupations in new settings.

MOCA members will receive a 10% discount on the publication.

Please note:
Ryden will only sign copies of The Tree Show purchased from the MOCA Store (proof of purchase required) on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, early arrival is recommended; the signing will end promptly at 5pm. The galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue will be closed to the public January 26 through February 14, 2009, for the installation of Dan Graham: Beyond

Art LA opening night action….

Last night was the opening night gala for Art LA @ The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and the art lovers of Los Angeles were out in force. Heard from a few the turnout was far stronger than the opening night for the Los Angeles Art Show at the Convention Center that kicked off on Wednesday. We’ll be swinging through there tomorrow, as we were busy on the night of the opening gala, so look for shots and a short report from that in the next day or two…

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – a cool $125K!!!

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Follow instructions with care…

Kehinde Wiley @ Roberts & Tilton (Culver City, CA)

John Parot @ Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (sort of a lil’ mini-solo on view from Hawkinson)…

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (great array of works from Hawkinson on view)…

Didn’t catch the name of this artist, but loved this lil’ sculptural installation….

Peter Saul @ Patrick Painter (Los Angeles, CA)

Above, the official “WTF?!?!?!” piece of the fair… basically a cuff from a blouse nailed to the wall.

One of the fair’s highlights was getting to view a nice chunk of original works from the one and only Kenny Schraf at the booth for Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Gonzalo Lebrija @ I-20 Gallery (New York, NY)

Crowd shot from opening night…

The unofficial motto of all art fairs…
Art LA
Fri & Sat 11-7PM + Sun 12-6PM
$15 one-day pass / $25 three-day pass

‘The Tree Show’ book from Mark Ryden…

The exhibition catalog from Mark Ryden‘s ‘The Tree Show’ at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, California is ready and about to hit shelves via Porterhouse Fine Art Editions. The catalog features images of all the paintings, drawings, and sketches featured in the exhibit, as well as some documentary photography of sculptures, installations, and the artist at work. 128 pages – hard cover – full color. Get on this quick!

Pre-order now at a great price here. Ryden is also issuing a new print soon – more info here. So wish we could get over to his upcoming solo show in Japan. Can’t wait to see shots from the show’s opening night. Some great preview images can be viewed here.