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The Berlin Years [Paperback]

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Marcel Dzama has changed everything about art that involves alligators and men in bear costumes holding guns. Dzama is from Winnipeg, and his work shows frequently in New York and on Beck's album covers. Sometimes he paints with root beer. This book--- it's not even a book at all, really --- is an envelope with 32 loose-leaf prints good enough to frame; plus a scrapbook; plus an insert card; plus an introduction by Sarah Vowell, recently brought back into existence after a long absence --- and it's a wonderfully multifaceted introduction to the work of a really amazing artist.

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Pages   65
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 13.25"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 28, 2006
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416749  
ISBN13  9781932416749  

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More About Marcel Dzama

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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High Quality  Apr 16, 2008
I've seen 3 of these second editions, and the quality of the reproductions is excellent. I mean, I'm not going to be giving my copy of this set to the Frick Collection with the rest of my estate, but they're certainly frame-able. Lovely to look at. Delightful to hold.
I found this to be just great  May 27, 2007
I think that I got the maligned second edition of this book. I found that the prints were just fine. I was not expecting these prints to be on par with what would come out of a printing press at an artists studio, so I was not dissapointed. The prints were not off colored or cropped poorly. Shoot, I would have paid the $42 for just a copy of one of my favorite Dzama drawings where some naked ladies in a pool are sketching a sea monster. All the rest was gravy for me. And quite a lot of gravy it is.

Not only do you get around three dozen high quality copies, but you also get an interesting small sketchbook. Dzama and the Royal Art Lodge have been producing several artist style books over the last few years, they are all fun, and this one is just another of the same. I enjoy collecting and playing with Dzamas books and this is one of the more interesting ones.
More than just a paperback  May 12, 2007
This package containes a) 32 individual, loose-leaf, full-size, high-quality reproductions of Dzama's work, suitable for framing; b) a 32-page Dzama scrapbook, very strange, rare and revelatory; and c)an introduction and interview by Sarah Vowell.
Poor printing. Poor packaging.  Feb 28, 2007
Second edition not even close in terms of quality compared to first edition. Prints look like they were printed off of an inkjet printer from the 90's. Four of the prints in my set also came horribly bent up (it looked like someone hand crumpled the prints). I had this pre-ordered for a few months and when I finally received it I was extremely disappointed. Definitely not suitable for framing.

Marcel needs to give a good yelling at to whomever printed this edition.
Brilliance at last is reissued...  Feb 22, 2007
Perfect. Absurd. Totally irrelevant. Lovely to look at (an ponder-let your mind wander).

This boxed set is an amazing piece and would stand as an amazing gift too. You'll not go wrong here. Especially with the discount that this site is offering.

Marcel is one of the premier artists of our time. His work will last and haunt you for years to come.

I'm going to venture that the other two reviewers below received probably the few copies that are bound to have a printing error or two. My copy is perfect and flawless. The prints have a weight to them and are totally suitable for framing.

I think people should review Marcel's work. Not the state of their copy. What they did by giving his work one star is discredit his work. What they need to do is return the copy as damaged and get a new copy and properly review that. It's not Dzama's fault or an inconsistency in his work itself that they are feeling negative about, it was clearly a printing issue with their copy. Giving this book one star is wrong. Fix the problem before you write about it.

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