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Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey Paperback – September 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0892813148 ISBN-10: 0892813148

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813148
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The color plates are of exceptional quality depicting both human and spiritual forms in a variety of intriguing and thought-provoking ways." (The Midwest Book Review)

"Mr. Grey's paintings, as detailed and anatomically accurate as medical illustrations, present man as an archetypal being struggling toward cosmic unity--Grey's vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art." (New York Times)

"Reverence and beauty radiate from every page." (Jay Kinney, Gnosis, Winter 1999)

"These are extraordinary works, exquisitely reproduced. Some people will be illuminated and transformed in the process of viewing. I found them compelling." (Judi Koteen, Napra Trade Journal, Fall 1990)

"The majority of Grey's recent work depict spiritual/energetic systems--the sacred and esoteric symbolism of the body and the forces that define its living field of energy." (Magical Blend, January 1992)

About the Author

Alex Grey is an artist whose work has appeared in the Stux galleries, New York and Boston; the London Regional Art Gallery, Canada; the University of California Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; the Chicago International Art Exposition; the New Museum, New York; the Grand Palais, Paris; the S㯠Paulo Biennial, Brazil; and numerous other exhibitions. He is also the author of the book Transfigurations.

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Alex Grey's work is distinctive.
ShanMari
This book is on the large side, is printed on very high quality paper and contains a lot of color plates as well as contextual information.
Patrick D. Goonan
This art is truly amazing and inspired.
B. Griffith

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Pennington on November 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Alex Grey is quite probably the greatest artist alive today.
With that said, back to the book at hand. Sacred Mirrors is probably the book most people who want to get an idea of Grey's art should buy first. I find it slightly more accessible than Transfigurations, and it does not demand any knowledge of Grey's previous work. For those unfamiliar with his work, he paints almost all of the systems of the body in a transparent fashion, layered on top of each other. In his paintings you will see bones, nerves, blood vessels, chakras, and auras all at once. It can be overwhelming, but careful study of the paintings can make you see ordinary processes like kissing in a whole new way. And if you keep looking deeply at his paintings, things will keep revealing themselves. He also paints deities, from Avalokiteshvara to Jesus, with loving detail. This is definitely a great coffee-table book (and so much more!) for anyone interested in how transcendental theories of energy would manifest themselves visually. Grey's book also makes delightful entertainment for any kind of trip. Overall a sound buy for almost anyone who gets that feeling, sometimes, that there may be things going on in our physical reality that we just can't percieve. Grey can see them, and he has shared them with us.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By seeker on July 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you never read one word of this book the images alone are so rich, and tell thier own story. As you leaf through the book page by page an understanding of who we were and who we will become emerges giving hope to the viewer that he is more than he thought. I feel this work came from a higher place. As a Nurse, I know this artist is exact when drawing the body, and as a spiritual person, I feel he is exact in depicting the spirit. This is a great reference for people doing 'Reiki" or "Healing Touch" because you shows you in images, what your feeling in your work. I highly recommend this to anyone in the healing arts. (I hope Amazon.com will print some pictures here for the public) thanks :-)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pinney on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'll be the first to admit I had never heard of Alex Grey before. However, I am a fan of the music group Tool. The artwork on their new CD was done by Alex Grey. I never paid this much mind until I was in a book store a couple weeks ago and passed right by "Sacred Mirrors". I stopped, turned around, snatched it up and ran to the counter. Upon further reading I must say it is phenomenal..
The essays presented talk about Alex and his work. They provide an indepth look at his philosophies on transcendence. While enjoyable to read the real reason to buy the book is the art. I have never seen anything quite like Grey's work. It is bold and bright. His use of colors and their correspondence in the human body are simply amazing.
This book is definitely recommended for anyone who wants to view the human body; our physical, mental, and most importantly, our spiritual side, in a whole new light.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it."
Ernest Holmes

There seems to be a couple schools of thought; one is that this body is simply a mound of flesh. It may or may not have a soul or a spirit. It is mechanical, it is predictable, it is prone to all kinds of disease and suffering and its eventual downfall is always death and the other is that this body is an extension of the Spirit. That we are not a body with a spirit as much as we are Spirit with a body; that every cell, every atom, every strand of our being is being made and remade in the Image and Likeness of Light; that the whole universe is pouring into us and through us in each and every moment, that life is eternal. After we lay down one body, we quickly receive another and another and another....

I tend to believe the latter.

I got into metaphysics/philosophy/spirituality whatever you want to call it quite young...my early 20s. I had what many called a "mental breakdown" it was, in fact, a Spiritual breakthrough. It was like all of the sudden I realized that my identity...the identity that I knew as "John" was completely made up and I was the one that made it up consequently I had made everything up!

How completely liberating!
How completely terrifying!

But after I was released from the hospital, I knew in the depths of my soul that I could not return to the world as the same person, because I wasn't the same person. I was resurrected, I was re-born and not in a Benny Hinn/Jimmy Swaggart kind of way. I had truly been baptized with the Holy Spirit...the Whole of Spirit...the Celestial Fire that is within every thing and every one just as every thing and every one is within it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By aiwass@escape.com (aiwass@escape.com) on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Not only is his representation of all the "bodies" immanent in the human being superb , but his telling of the story, in a series of pictures, of the individual's vision quest and subsequent return to society to share betrays his own apparent intimate knowledge of the visionary experience. Of course I could also merely say that this is trippy stuff. Indeed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kall VINE VOICE on May 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a masterpiece. The artist, Alex Grey, has created visions of mystical spiritual beauty-- visions captured and inscribed on the pages of this book.
I don't know of any artist whose work is more frequently included in slides shows and books about mind body healing, consciousness and spirituality.
Just this week, Newsweek did a cover story on neurotheology-- the study of the neurology of spiritual experiences, and two of Alex Grey's works of art were prominently featured in the magazine.
Grey paints with the detail and precision of a medical illustrator-- but one on mescaline. The images are both beautiful and shimmering with energies-- the kind of energies which connect human souls and spirits together, which connect the whole universe together.
I met Alex Grey while attending the Omega Arts week. He was teaching a course on visionary art-- expressing the sacred visually. It is to his credit that he is a popular teacher of this unique approach-- expressing the visionary and spiritual through art. It's amazing to see the great work he inspires in his students too.
Once you see this book, you'll probably need to buy more copies-- as gifts. But first, start off by buying one for yourself as a real treat.
There are several sequences of art in here. Plans are under way for the primary sequence's original works to be assembled into a kind of "temple" or special building which will house them. Grey has designed the whole building. You can learn more about it under the web site which is spelled out by his name then dot com.
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