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Fred Tomaselli: Solo Exhibition - Brooklyn Museum, New York

November 4, 2010 by Georgia

8 October 2010 – 2 January 2011

6 November 2010: Target First Saturday: an event hosted by the Brooklyn Museum celebrating the work of Fred Tomaselli featuring a lineup of performers and programs selected by the artist.

The Brooklyn Museum is currently showing a mid-career survey featuring over forty works by Fred Tomaselli. The exhibition covers Tomaselli’s creative journey from his early experiments with photograms, wood panels and collage in the late 1980s to his more recent works which retain the artist's psychedelic signature and show his fascination with individual birds.

Fred Tomaselli, Big Raven, 2008. Acrylic, photocollage, and resin on wood panel. Private collection, courtesy of the artist, White Cube, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York[

According to the Brooklyn Museum, Tomaselli’s work reveals a uniquely American vision that celebrates the psychedelic and the alternative. Tomaselli (b.1956) grew up near the desert in Southern California, where what he has described as an “artificial, immersive, theme park reality” was a normal part of everyday life. He was influenced by both this manufactured reality, the music counterculture of Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s and the drugs that came with it.

Fred Tomaselli, Desert Bloom, 2000. Photocollage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel. Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg[

Tomaselli is a fervent collector of curiosities and has over the years accumulated an extensive archive of images, focusing especially on animals and anatomical illustrations but also including weeds, pills and other pharmaceutics. Inspired by dislocated and alternative realities and intrigued by the concept of utopia/dystopia, Tomaselli uses these borrowed images in his collages and paintings to create a new reality, often questioning the hyperreal and the hallucinated. His multilayered and multifaceted artworks are extremely detailed and often consist of hundreds of tiny different parts.

Fred Tomaselli, Untitled (Expulsion), 2000. Leaves, pills, insects, acrylic, photocollage, and resin on wood panel. Collection of Peter Norton[

In February 2008, Other Criteria produced a t-shirt by Tomaselli as part of a range of t-shirts to coincide with the RED auction at Sotheby’s New York. The range illustrates a selection of the artworks from the auction, designed by the donating artists. All profits from the sale of these shirts go directly to the Global fund (recipient of RED funds) that finances programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.

For more information or to order one of Tomaselli’s unique t-shirt, click here.

For more information about the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, click here.