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Dzama, Marcel. MARCEL DZAMA: THE BERLINER ENSEMBLE THANKS YOU ALL. San Francisco, CA: McSweeney's Books, 2008. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 65 pages. As New.

Collection of art and other compositions. The sequel to Marcel Dzama's "The Berlin Years" (2003), which is now considered a contemporary classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Marcel Dzama and McSweeney's Books: Art and text by Marcel Dzama. The work is presented in two separate volumes: Volume One is a beautifully produced Portfolio of 28 watercolor-painting reproductions by the illustrator/graphic design artist/draftsman/painter. Each sheet is loose, full-size, and eminently suitable for framing. They are encased in a portfolio folder that also reproduces original art in front and on the back. Volume Two is a 36-page Scrapbook, which Marcel Dzama has turned into his own signature medium: A suite of complete drawings, doodles, writings, collages, photographs, and graphic art that collide against each other and blend seamlessly together at the same time. There are three bonus materials: A large Foldout Poster, an Envelope, and an Informational Card. The whole production is printed on thick uncoated stock paper to absolutely the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the truly singular art of Marcel Dzama, who recreates out of the detritus of history, the weather, Dracula films, and graphic art, among so many other things, a world that is immediately, perversely, and triumphantly his own. The Berliner Ensemble was a real theatrical group, one of the two or three most influential such groups in the 20th century, founded and created by Bertolt Brecht to stage his great plays. Dzama knows what it's like to be a founder: He founded the Royal Art Lodge (RAL), a group of six artists who got together every Wednesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba because "drawing with other people is so much more fun than doing it by yourself" (Marcel Dzama). Using an impeccable, polished, and clean style, his art is characterized by a tactile sensuousness, subtle attention to graphic detail, and Folk Art simplicity. "There is a delicacy. This guy can make a knife fight between a lion and a bear seem endearing. An amputee, in Dzama's hands, somehow bleeds nothing but charm" (Publisher's blurb). In "The Berlin Years", fellow artist Viggo Mortensen quotes a great Russian filmmaker to explain why Marcel Dzama is essential and irresistible: "The artist exists because the world is not perfect" (Andrei Tarkovsky). In a very short period of time, Marcel Dzama has become one of the most sought-after living artists without losing any of his cutting-edge wit. Prices of his original art now command unheard-of prices. A "must-have" title for Marcel Dzama collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 65 plates. One of the finest living artists. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARCEL DZAMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1932416994. $150.00

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