Fred Tomaselli’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, a mid-career survey featuring the artist’s two-dimensional works from the late 1980s to the present, will be on view from October 8, 2010, through January 2, 2011.
Tomaselli’s artwork draws upon a wide range of sources from both popular culture and art history, and from his own hobbies of gardening, kayaking, and bird-watching. Growing up near the desert in southern California, Tomaselli felt the influence of nearby theme parks, with their manufactured reality, and the music and drug counterculture of Los Angles in the 1970s and 1980s.
This exhibition focuses on the trajectory of Tomaselli’s career, from early experiments with photograms and collage to recent paintings and prints that combine abstraction with allusions to current events. Fred Tomaselli includes more than forty artworks and will feature collages and paintings created specifically for the Brooklyn Museum’s presentation.
Included in this exhibition for their U.S. debut is a group of ten recently created collages. Each collage transforms the front page of The New York Times paper and uses it as a backdrop for Tomaselli’s painting interventions.
Fred Tomaselli discusses his artwork, process, and materials in selections from Art in Progress: Fred Tomaselli, 2005. Courtesy of the James Cohan Gallery, directed by Adam Kahan.