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This unique series of paintings takes the viewer on a graphic, visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual anatomy of the self. From anatomically correct rendering of the body systems, Grey moves to the spiritual/energetic systems with such images as "Universal Mind Lattice," envisioning the sacred and esoteric symbolism of the body and the forces t This unique series of paintings takes the viewer on a graphic, visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual anatomy of the self. From anatomically correct rendering of the body systems, Grey moves to the spiritual/energetic systems with such images as "Universal Mind Lattice," envisioning the sacred and esoteric symbolism of the body and the forces that define its living field of energy. Includes essays on the significance of Grey's work by Ken Wilber, the eminent transpersonal psychologist, and by the noted New York art critic, Carlo McCormick.


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This unique series of paintings takes the viewer on a graphic, visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual anatomy of the self. From anatomically correct rendering of the body systems, Grey moves to the spiritual/energetic systems with such images as "Universal Mind Lattice," envisioning the sacred and esoteric symbolism of the body and the forces t This unique series of paintings takes the viewer on a graphic, visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical, and spiritual anatomy of the self. From anatomically correct rendering of the body systems, Grey moves to the spiritual/energetic systems with such images as "Universal Mind Lattice," envisioning the sacred and esoteric symbolism of the body and the forces that define its living field of energy. Includes essays on the significance of Grey's work by Ken Wilber, the eminent transpersonal psychologist, and by the noted New York art critic, Carlo McCormick.

30 review for Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Overfield

    I thoroughly enjoy Alex Grey's work and would have given this 5 stars if not for one image in particular in which he seems to be hierarchically categorizing sexual acts, placing heteronormative acts near "godliness" and homosexual acts near "evil." This was deeply disturbing. I thoroughly enjoy Alex Grey's work and would have given this 5 stars if not for one image in particular in which he seems to be hierarchically categorizing sexual acts, placing heteronormative acts near "godliness" and homosexual acts near "evil." This was deeply disturbing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    It turns out that the liminal space between spirituality and kitsch is guarded by that evil skinless man from the first Hellraiser movie. Beware!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Alex Grey (no relation) is absolutely my favorite modern artist. I, too, enjoyed Transfigurations slightly more, but only slightly. Sacred Mirrors is the perfect name though. His paintings are Eucharistic for me, and prismatic reflections of all of us. Truly spectacular.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Konstantin

    Amazing! I have this book more than a two years, but for the first time I decided to read introduction and Alex's notes. And his marvelious pictures and art became more interesting and mysterious. Everyone knows Alex's art, but there's something important in description. Anyway, when you're reading a book - it's one experience, but when you're in museum at exhibition - it's absolutely other feelings. Amazing! I have this book more than a two years, but for the first time I decided to read introduction and Alex's notes. And his marvelious pictures and art became more interesting and mysterious. Everyone knows Alex's art, but there's something important in description. Anyway, when you're reading a book - it's one experience, but when you're in museum at exhibition - it's absolutely other feelings.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Not as big or as broad as Transfigurations; Sacred Mirrors could be described as his exploration and reinterpretation of the human body. It's some pretty wild visual art, and worth checking out. Alex Grey has done a lot of artwork for the band Tool, which is where I found out about him. If you're into their artwork, check him out. Not as big or as broad as Transfigurations; Sacred Mirrors could be described as his exploration and reinterpretation of the human body. It's some pretty wild visual art, and worth checking out. Alex Grey has done a lot of artwork for the band Tool, which is where I found out about him. If you're into their artwork, check him out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a fantastic look at Grey's work. Excellent background and explanations of the imagery. Previously, I had been unaware of his performance art, which brings his painting into sharper perspective. This is a fantastic look at Grey's work. Excellent background and explanations of the imagery. Previously, I had been unaware of his performance art, which brings his painting into sharper perspective.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra Anne

    Alex Grey

  8. 4 out of 5

    Freyja

    I found the book after I had read Variable Star by Heinlein & Spider Robinson. There is a scene where the protagonist is meditating in front of a screen that shows images from the Sacred Mirrors, describing several in turn. It piqued my curiosity, so I went looking online, starting with Spider's site. The site was easy enough to find, so I looked at the pictures online and decided along with hubby & Dad, that we should get the book, which came autographed! The book was reasonably priced as well. I found the book after I had read Variable Star by Heinlein & Spider Robinson. There is a scene where the protagonist is meditating in front of a screen that shows images from the Sacred Mirrors, describing several in turn. It piqued my curiosity, so I went looking online, starting with Spider's site. The site was easy enough to find, so I looked at the pictures online and decided along with hubby & Dad, that we should get the book, which came autographed! The book was reasonably priced as well. Before the plates of Grey's paintings, which are splendidly detailed and eerily accurate anatomically, there are several essays, including the author's description of how he came to paint the Sacred Mirrors. Also included are pictures of other art, including his performance art. It's small for a coffee table book, but I would put it out there anyway for ease of access. (First, the guys need to clean our coffee table off. They made a real mess.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Sacred Mirrors covers Grey's transcendental art series of the same name, a series of 21 panels or mirrors meant to stimulate reflection and contemplation about our inner selves, our outer bodies and our connection to and place within the universe The world is a much better place with Alex and Allyson Grey, leading the spiritual revolution. There cannot be a societal revolution without a spiritual revolution at the individual level Sacred Mirrors covers Grey's transcendental art series of the same name, a series of 21 panels or mirrors meant to stimulate reflection and contemplation about our inner selves, our outer bodies and our connection to and place within the universe The world is a much better place with Alex and Allyson Grey, leading the spiritual revolution. There cannot be a societal revolution without a spiritual revolution at the individual level

  10. 4 out of 5

    Noah Sawyer

    Good pictures but filled with pagan, ideologico-artistic feet in the doors. He subtly inserts religious ideology into the meaning of the paintings while being overtly homophobic. It seems Alex Grey took Freud literally in this book, and then added some Bacchus mixed with ecstasy and acid. This... yet another... mythologization (albeit modern) of sexuality belongs in the dark ages. Good artistic work to look at if you're on acid or something... but quite dark seeing as how the psychedelic message Good pictures but filled with pagan, ideologico-artistic feet in the doors. He subtly inserts religious ideology into the meaning of the paintings while being overtly homophobic. It seems Alex Grey took Freud literally in this book, and then added some Bacchus mixed with ecstasy and acid. This... yet another... mythologization (albeit modern) of sexuality belongs in the dark ages. Good artistic work to look at if you're on acid or something... but quite dark seeing as how the psychedelic message has been tainted with preconceived ideologies and 'transfigurations' (Platonic nonsense). This is what you call religious erotica. The fact of sex is replaced by an egocentric mythologization and hypostatization---the same thing that Freud wrote about in Totem and Taboo whereby human sexuality gets replaced and substituted for by representation, custom and emotional belief rooted in a fundamental narcissism and infantile impotence. Making this into some sort of divine image as Alex Grey has done is, quite frankly, a gross regression and the opposite of sexual liberation and freedom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tom Weismantel

    For fans of Alex Grey, this book is an excellent addition to the coffee table or shelf. It includes excellent background on Alex Grey’s earlier years as a performance artist as well as over 50 large color plates of his Sacred Mirrors collection as well as quite a few others from around that time. Truly a feast for the eyes and the soul.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Friend of the Devil

    Credulous at best, your desire to believe in angels in the hearts of men. Pull your head on out your hippy haze and give a listen. Shouldn't have to say it all again. The universe is hostile. so Impersonal. devour to survive. So it is. So it's always been. Credulous at best, your desire to believe in angels in the hearts of men. Pull your head on out your hippy haze and give a listen. Shouldn't have to say it all again. The universe is hostile. so Impersonal. devour to survive. So it is. So it's always been.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vasco Henriques

    The art and the messages cointained on this precious book it's something that as an artist, I'll treasure it as long as there's a breath in me. Inspirational The art and the messages cointained on this precious book it's something that as an artist, I'll treasure it as long as there's a breath in me. Inspirational

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Fascinating works.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dimi Tsioumbris

    I loved this guy untill his Obama portrait, how naive! I was greatly dissapointed, but his artwork is phainomenal

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Roberto

    Amazing! One of my favorite artist if not my all time favorite. The reading is just as good. This was a birthday gift from a great friend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gerardo

    Simply and utterly amazing collection of paintings from one of the greatest contemporary artists still alive and working. With introductions by Ken Wilber, Carlo McCormick and Grey himself, in which the framework for the rest of the book is to be contextualized in, the paintings collected here show all human dimensions (namely, physical, psychological and spiritual) often at one glance, butrevealing a staggering amount of details to the patient and inquiring eye. Seriously, this is one book to h Simply and utterly amazing collection of paintings from one of the greatest contemporary artists still alive and working. With introductions by Ken Wilber, Carlo McCormick and Grey himself, in which the framework for the rest of the book is to be contextualized in, the paintings collected here show all human dimensions (namely, physical, psychological and spiritual) often at one glance, butrevealing a staggering amount of details to the patient and inquiring eye. Seriously, this is one book to have. And to have it at the reach of your hand as often as possible. The possibilities for exploration and contemplation of what is in these pages are as vast as your willingness to dive into them. Simple y llanamente, esta es una increíble colección de pinturas de uno de los más grandes artistas contemporáneos que todavía esté vivo y trabajando. Con introducciones de Ken Wilber, Carlo McCormick y el propio Grey, en las que se asienta el marco en el que contextualizar el resto del libro, las pinturas aquí recogidas muestran todas las dimensiones humanas (principalmente, la física, la psicológica y la espiritual), habitualmente visibles en una sola mirada, pero revelando una cantidad asombrosa the detalles al ojo curioso. En serio, este es un libro para tener. Y para tenerlo a mano con la mayor frecuencia posible. Las posibilidades de exploración y contemplación de lo que hay en estas páginas son tan vastas como tu voluntad para sumergirte en ellas.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kali

    This book is amazing, Alex Grey is amazing. I love the full page images of his paintings, they are so very detailed, especially the anatomical ones. Each of these works of art are inspired by some insight around spiritual enlightenment as you might say. There is also a lot of theory around the Sacred Mirrors visionary art, such as critically looking at art through perennial philosophy. Fascinating!

  19. 5 out of 5

    BiL

    I remember first seeing this book at a pizza shop in Lake Mary that all my friends worked at. My friend Dean was emphatically explaining to me and my buddy Mat that, "This is how it all is, man!!" Alex Grey will one day be looked at in the same light as Picasso and Michelangelo if you ask me. Visiting the actual paintings in NY in this book was easily one of the most spiritual experiences of my life and I actually felt for the first time what they are actually ( I think) meant to do. I remember first seeing this book at a pizza shop in Lake Mary that all my friends worked at. My friend Dean was emphatically explaining to me and my buddy Mat that, "This is how it all is, man!!" Alex Grey will one day be looked at in the same light as Picasso and Michelangelo if you ask me. Visiting the actual paintings in NY in this book was easily one of the most spiritual experiences of my life and I actually felt for the first time what they are actually ( I think) meant to do.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mafer Ar

    Es un libro que se tiene que leer con una mente abierta. Alex Grey es capaz de congeniar el arte, la ciencia y la religión en una sola imagen, leer este tipo de libros abren el panorama sobre lo que no vemos pero sentimos, y aunque no soy fiel creyente de todo lo que leí, pude aprender varias cosas históricas sobre el arte psicodélico. Lo recomiendo! A demás de que este libro tiene unas excelentes láminas, y podría decir que mi pintura favorita es Gaia!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Love the art. It was fun to see the pictures a bit larger.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    beautiful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Visions, I have had visions

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The book starts by attempting to make you affirm that Alex Gray is some kind of shaman. This is a bit odd, but in any case the art inside is amazing and well worth exploring.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    my favorite modern artist and possibly my favorite artist of all time shows off his transcendental masterpieces in this captivating book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Just Buy it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Troy

    Classic! Alex Grey is also one of the nicest people to meet!!! Wow!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne Roberts

    Another good book from the stables of Alex Gray.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    the definitive coffee-table book, imo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Dees

    The visionary art of alex grey helped me to recognize the same visions I have had in my Quests.

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