Porcelain sculpture
14 x 14 x 9 inches (35.6 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm)
Auction estimate: $60,000

Gift of the artist and Michael Kohn Gallery

Upon first glance, Mark Ryden's work seems to mirror the Surrealists' fascination
with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden transcends the
initial Surrealists' strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with
cultural connotation. His dewy vixens, cuddly plush pets, alchemical symbols,
religious emblems, primordial landscapes, and slabs of meat challenge his
audience, not necessarily with their own oddity, but with the introduction of their
soothing cultural familiarity into unsettling circumstances. Two of Ryden's major
themes collide in Lincoln Meat Cart: The figure of Abe Lincoln, and raw,
mouthwatering cuts of steak. Ryden's work is not only inspired by recent history
and American cultural iconography, but also the works of past masters. The result
is a strange and sometimes challenging, but always hauntingly beautiful, work of
art steeped in the lessons of art history. He currently lives and works in Los
Angeles, where he works slowly and happily amidst his countless collections of
trinkets, statues, skeletons, books, paintings, and antique toys.

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