Fred Tomaselli

Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Friday 08 October 2010 to Sunday 02 January 2011
This mid-career survey presents a selection of Fred Tomaselli’s artwork from the late 1980s to the present including the unique epoxy resin paintings for which he is best known. These layered paintings combine imagery of plants and birds (clipped from books) with prescription pills and hallucinogenic plants to create complex, highly stylized compositions.

Tomaselli’s artwork draws upon a wide range of sources from both popular culture and art history, and from his own hobbies of bird watching and botany. Growing up near the desert in southern California, Tomaselli was influenced by the manufactured unreality of theme parks and the music and drug counterculture of Los Angles in the 1970s and 1980s.

His distinctive melding of these influences coalesces into a personal, folk-driven, utopian vision of the American West. One of the pioneering artists who moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1980s, Tomaselli continues to live and work in the borough.

Organization: This exhibition is organized and toured by the Aspen Art Museum and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is coordinated by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Publication: A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Tour: Aspen Art Museum, August 1–October 11, 2009; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art
Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, February 6–June 6, 2010.

See also Video Interview with Fred Tomaselli

Location

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn Precinct
New York
United States
Dead Eyed Bird Blast, 1997
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 1997 United States
Hemp leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 inches Private collection, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York
Night Music for Raptors, 2010
© All rights reserved Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York and White Cube, London 2010 United States
Night Music for Raptors, 2010 Photo collage, acrylic and resin on wood panel 84 x 60 in. (213.4 x 152.4 cm)
Starling, 2010
© All rights reserved Collection of Greg S. Feldman and Melanie Shorin 2010 United States
Fred Tomaselli, born U.S.A., 1956 Photocollage, acrylic and resin on wood panel 80 x 80 in. (203.2 x 203.2 cm)
Black and White All Over, 1993
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Pills, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 48 x 48 inches Collection of A.G. Rosen
Doppler Effect in Blue, 2002
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 24 x 24 inches Collection of Raymond Foye
Echo, Wow and Flutter, 2000
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 84 x 120 inches Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York James G. Forsyth Fund, 2001
Millennium Phosphene Bloom, 2005
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 inches Collection of John and Amy Phelan
Multiple Landscape, 1995
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Saccharin, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 72 x 54 inches Collection of Peter Norton
Fungi and Flowers, 2002
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Leaves, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 48 x 36 inches Private collection, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York
Field Guides, 2003
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Photo collage, gouache, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 60 x 84 inches San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Fractional and promised gift of Vicki and Kent Logan and Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Migrant Fruit Thugs, 2006
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Photo collage, leaves, gouache, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 96 x 78 inches Glenstone
Avian Flower Serpent, 2006
© All rights reserved Copyright the artist. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Leaves, photo collage, acrylic gouache, and resin on wood panel 84 X 72 ½ inches Collection of Glenn Fuhrman; Courtesy of The Flag Art Foundation
Big Raven, 2008
© All rights reserved Courtesy of the artist, White Cube, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Acrylic, photocollage, and resin on wood panel 84 x 72 in. (213.4 x 182.9 cm) Private collection
Aug. 31, 2005, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4" x 10"
March 26, 2009, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and photocollage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4 X 10 inches
Feb. 3, 2009, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4" x 10"
Feb. 24, 2009, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4" x 10"
Apr. 20, 2009, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4" x 10"
Apr. 20, 2009, 2009
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper 8 1/4" x 10"
Ocotillo Nocturne, 1993
© All rights reserved Fred Tomaselli. Image courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, New York 2010 United States
Hemp leaves, pills, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 72 x 54 1/8 inches Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Purchased with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee