Item description for The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All by Marcel Dzama...
With The Berlin Years, Marcel Dzama's visions of elegant, enigmatic bears, bats, and sexy ladies were delivered to a slumbering nation. Now, The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All provides entirely new artwork for an eager audience. The book --- actually a redesigned envelope with 28 loose-leaf prints suitable for framing --- features watercolors and drawings of bats, nurses, horses, guns, girls, masks, ballerinas, cowboys and more, and shows why Dzama is sought after by such luminaries as Beck and Nick Hornby, and collected by Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 28, 2008
ISBN 1932416994 ISBN13 9781932416992
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More About Marcel Dzama
Marcel Dzama was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1974, where he later founded the Royal Art Lodge, and where he still lives and works. Last year his work appeared in Paris, Stockholm, London, Dusseldorf, Toronto and New York. It has also been published by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, Soft Skull Press and McSweeneyis Books.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All?
No Fine Print Jun 16, 2008
Another excellent collection of Marcel Dzama's intriguing drawings. The spirit of the times casts more of a shadow than ever across his work, which continues to grow and astonish. On a less positive note, it's a pity that these aren't printed a little better- the line is imprecise and the colours a bit washed out. Would have paid more for better quality reproductions.
Great effort, but... Jun 1, 2008
The pictures are fantastic. The book is creative. However, where is the story? I don't feel like I know anything about this product. It's lovely to look at. Great to hand on the wall as art. But I'm a bit lost. That said, I love all of Dzamas work and this is no exception. I'll agree with the other reviewer in that the quality is off. All the pages themselves look like they are of different colors and there does appear to be a bluish hue of perhaps ink on some of my prints. I don't think most people would even notice it, it's really really faint, but putting them all side by side, you really do see the variables. That said, it's only 27.00 bucks here and this is GREAT art for the price. You'd pay a lot more for lesser stuff anywhere else.
Not Perfect But Definitely Worth The Price May 25, 2008
Inevitably this collection of prints is going to be compared with "The Berlin Years". The packaging and the prints are a bit smaller than "The Berlin Years". The printing quality is on par with the second edition of "The Berlin Years", i.e., no where near as good as the first edition. About 25% of the prints have what I would consider printing defects, mostly minor but still noticeable. These defects range from incomplete image printing (very minor but noticeable if you're looking) to ink in areas where there should be no ink, which marks areas of the print with subtle tonal gradations instead of a clean ground - not really a big deal but noticeable if you have a keen eye. I bought multiple sets, and each set has prints with these defects.
The imagery in this collection is more jam-packed than the images included in "The Berlin Years". Almost all of the prints have many characters engaged in some kind of curious activity or arranged in an odd vignette. I suppose it comes down to personal taste, but I prefer the more spartan images included in "The Berlin Years".
This collection includes a poster and a set of four prints that when combined makes one large image (28 prints in total including this set of four). The set of four is curious as the prints can be combined in any layout you wish to make the complete image. They can be arranged horizontally, vertically, or a grid of four. It's kind of fun, and the complete image is one of the more interesting in the collection of prints. If you wanted to go hog wild you could cover an entire wall as the prints connect in any arrangement, no matter if you have four, ten, or one hundred sets of these four prints. I'm not so fond of the poster. It's probably my least fave image included (a group of guys on horseback arranged in a circle on a black ground ), so I was bit disappointed that it was the one chosen for the poster.
The scrapbook is pretty much the same layout as the one included in "The Berlin Years" but not as fun. The pages are not as frenzied and the imagery not as interesting; again, I suppose this a matter of personal taste.
I'm not as enthusiastic about this set as I was with "The Berlin Years" but am happy to have more examples of M. Dzama's work to enjoy.