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Drawing upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Brooklyn-based Californian artist Fred Tomaselli's works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions.

 

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Museum Exhibition
Fred Tomaselli at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Solo Exhibition
October 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Gallery Exhibition
Fred Tomaselli at The Rubin Museum of Art
September 13 - 22, 2014
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Gallery Exhibition
FRED TOMASELLI
Current Events
May 1 - June 14, 2014
New York
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FRED TOMASELLI After Nov. 11, 2010, 2014 Leaves, acrylic, and resin on wood panel
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI After Nov. 19, 2013, 2014 Photo-collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Gyre, 2014 Photo-collage, leaves, acrylic, and resin on wood panel
84 x 60 in. (213.4 x 152.4 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI After Oct. 16, 2010, 2014 Photo-collage, leaves, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Untitled, 2013 Mixed media and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Apr. 6, 2013, 2014 Collage, gouache, and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper 10 3/4 x 12 in. (27.3 x 30.5 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Head, 2013 Mixed media and resin on wood panel 90 x 66 in. (228.6 x 167.6 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Black Star, 2013 Mixed media and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Aug. 29, 2013, 2013 Collage, gouache, marker, and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (27.3 x 31.1 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Mar. 3, 2009, 2013 Collage, gouache, marker, and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper 10 3/4 x 12 1/8 in. (27.3 x 30.8 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Penetrators (Large), 2012 Photo-collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel 72 x 72 in. (182.8 x 182.8 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Untitled (Entrance), 2012 Leaves, acrylic, and resin on wood panel 72 x 72 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Night Music for Raptors - Blue, 2011 Photo collage, acrylic and resin on wood panel 60 x 60 in. (150.6 x 150.6 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Bloom #2, 2011 Gouache on photogram 14 x 11 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Starling, 2010 Photo collage, acrylic and resin on wood panel 80 x 80 in. (203.2 x 203.2 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Sep. 15, 2005 (Half Page), 2010 Silkscreen and inkjet print Image size: 11 x 13 1/2 inches Paper size: 15 x 17 3/8 inches Edition of 80

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FRED TOMASELLI Big Eye, 2009 Photocollage, acrylic, resin on wood panel 82 x 82 in. (208.3 x 208.3 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Big Stack, 2009 Photocollage, acrylic, resin on wood panel 120 x 40 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Avian Flower Serpent2006 Leaves, photocollage, acrylic, gouache and resin on wood panel 84 x 72 1/2 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Abductor2006 Leaves, photocollage, acrylic and resin on wood panel 96 x 78 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Migrant Fruit Thugs, 2006 Photocollage, leaves, acrylic, gouache and resin on wood panel 78 x 96 inches

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FRED TOMASELLI Hang Over, 2005 Leaves, pills, acrylic, resin on wood panel 84 x 120 in. (213.4 x 304.8 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Geode2006 Leaves, photocollage, Acrylic, gouache and resin on wood panel 24 x 24 in. (60.9 x 60.9 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Halo of Flies, 2006 Mixed media, acrylic and resin on wood panel 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm)

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FRED TOMASELLI Guilty, 2005 Print 13 x 13 in. (33 x 33 cm)

Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Fred Tomaselli. Photo courtesy the artist.

These chemical cocktails [embedded in the paintings] can no longer reach the brain through the bloodstream and must take a different route to altering perception. In my work, they travel to the brain through the eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                       —Fred Tomaselli

 

Drawing upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli's works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions.  In the introduction to a 2003 essay on Tomaselli’s work in Parkett magazine, curator James Rondeau writes: “Over the course of the last ten years, Fred Tomaselli has established an international reputation for his meticulously crafted, richly detailed, deliriously beautiful works of both abstract and figurative art.  His signature pieces are compelling, hybrid objects: ersatz, or maybe surrogate paintings, or tapestries, or quilts or mosaics.  Their various components—both over-the-counter and controlled pharmaceuticals, street drugs, natural psychotropic substances and other organic matter, collaged elements from printed sources, and hand-painted ornament—are all suspended in gleaming layers of clear, polished, hard resin. Forms implode, explode, oscillate, buzz, loop, swirl, and spiral.  Actual objects, photographic representations, and painted surfaces co-exist without hierarchy on and in a single picture plane.  The combined effect, neither determinably real nor fully illusionistic, is at once electrifying and destabilizing.”

 

 

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Night Music for Raptors, 2010

Photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood, 84 x 60 inches.

Starting in 2005, Tomaselli has developed a new body of works on paper that transform the front page of The New York Times with gouache and collage. The surreal compositions are ruminations on the absurdity of news cycles and provide him a space to respond to a variety of issues – from regional anecdotes to global crises. As Tomaselli has stated, “I think that maybe the Times collages are quietly political, in that I can riff on anything I want, while the horrors of the world become the background buzz. Maybe I’m saying that the world may be going to hell, but I still keep painting.”

 

Fred Tomaselli (born 1956, Santa Monica, CA) has had numerous solo exhibitions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2014) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014); a survey exhibition at Aspen Art Museum (2009) that toured to Tang and Brooklyn Museums (2010); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2004) toured to four venues in Europe and the US; Albright-Knox Gallery of Art (2003); Site Santa Fe (2001); Palm Beach ICA (2001), and Whitney Museum of American Art (1999). His works have been included in international biennial exhibitions including Sydney (2010); Prospect 1 (2008); Site Santa Fe (2004); Whitney (2004) and others. Tomaselli’s work can be found in the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. 

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
FRED TOMASELLI
Current Events
May 1 - June 14, 2014
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
James Cohan Gallery at ADAA: The Art Show 2013
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, Booth D2
March 06 - 10, 2013
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Alchemy & Inquiry
炼金术与问寻: Philip Taaffe 菲利普•塔菲, Fred Tomaselli 弗雷德•托马塞利, Terry Winters 特里•温特斯
September 09 - November 19, 2011
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Fred Tomaselli
October 06 - November 11, 2006
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Fred Tomaselli
New Paintings
May 09 - June 21, 2003
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward
Harry Smith, Philip Taaffe, and Fred Tomaselli
September 10 - October 19, 2002
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Fred Tomaselli
New Paintings
December 02 - January 13, 2001
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
ARTnews
"Fred Tomaselli Talks Back to the TImes," by Alexa Lawrence
Articles / Reviews
Artspace
"All the News That's Fit to Print: Fred Tomaselli on His New York Times Collage Series," by Noelle Bodick
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
“New York Gallery Beat: 6 Critics Review 18 Shows. James Cohan, Fred Tomaselli, closes June 14," by Elizabeth Manus
Articles / Reviews
Gallerist NY
“13 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 4,” by M.H. Miller
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
“Fred Tomaselli Talks Pot, Gardening, and the New York Times,” by Megan N. Liberty
Articles / Reviews
New York Spaces
“Fred Tomaselli at James Cohan Gallery”
Articles / Reviews
Harper's Magazine
"Gyre"
Articles / Reviews
The New Yorker
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
“Fred Tomaselli on New York’s Magical Humanity,” by Cait Munro
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"VIDEO: The NY Times Reinterpreted by Fred Tomaselli at James Cohan,” by Dion Tan
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Verbatim: Fred Tomaselli," by Brienne Walsh
Articles / Reviews
The Daily Beast
“The Gray Lady Gets an Artistic Makeover,” by Justin Jones
Articles / Reviews
Gallerist NY
“Fred Tomaselli Is Off Drugs,” by Zoë Lescaze
Articles / Reviews
W Magazine
“Mind-bending Current Events,” by Diane Solway
Articles / Reviews
Out There NYC
“Current Events with Fred Tomaselli,” by Maria Brito
Articles / Reviews
Time Out New York
"Fred Tomaselli Interview," by Paul Laster
Articles / Reviews
Glasstire
“FOCUS: Fred Tomaselli,” by Rafael Barrientos Martinez
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Top Ten,” by Fred Tomaselli
Articles / Reviews
Arts+Culture Texas
“Focus: Fred Tomaselli” by Charissa N. Terranova
Articles / Reviews
Star-Telegram
“The spiralling gyrations of Fred Tomaselli go on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,” by Gaile Robinson
Articles / Reviews
The Believer
"The Process in which an artist discusses making a particular work: Fred Tomaselli - Night Music for Raptors," by The Believer
Articles / Reviews
Bombsite
"Fred Tomaselli," by David Shields Fall 2010
Articles / Reviews
Art & Auction
"Fred Tomaselli," by Meghan Dailey
Articles / Reviews
ArtForum
"Fred Tomaselli Aspen Art Museum," by Catherine Taft
Articles / Reviews
Another Magazine
"Magic Realism," by Siri Hustvedt
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Art In Review: Fred Tomaselli at James Cohan Gallery," by Jeffrey Kastner
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Where Art Imitates Gardening (and Vice Versa)," by Dorothy Spears
Articles / Reviews
Parkett
"Through a Window, Darkly," by Dan Cameron
Articles / Reviews
Parkett
"Tomasell's Postmodern Gnosticism," by Daniel Pinchbeck
Articles / Reviews
Parkett
"Transcendence is Pop," by James Rondeau
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Gallery Exhibition
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News / Events
May 10, 2014
10AM - 12PM
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Art and Literature Series Event
Wednesday, May 28, 6 - 8 p.m
Fifth Avenue at 42nd St. New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Feb 28 - Mar 16, 2014
Adelaide, Australia
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
January 12 - March 23, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas
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News / Events
New York Times
Mar 18 - Apr 8, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
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Museum Exhibition
Biennial Exhibition
May 12 - Aug 1, 2010
Sydney, Australia
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Museum Exhibition
Mid-Career Travelling Survey Exhibition, accompanied by a new monograph
August 2009 - January 2011
Organized by and travelling to the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and travelling further to the Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Touring Exhibition
July 2004 - December 2005
Originating at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland and travelling to the Domus Atrium, Salamanca, Spaim; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; and The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Books
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Fred Tomaselli: The Times
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Fred Tomaselli
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Fred Tomaselli
image Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise
Publication
Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise
image The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward
Publication
The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward
Selected Works By Harry Smith, Philip Taaffe, and Fred Tomaselli
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Fred Tomaselli
Ten Year Survey
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Fred Tomaselli
Editions
image FRED TOMASELLI: Aug. 29, 2013
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Aug. 29, 2013
Screenprint on archival inkjet
image FRED TOMASELLI: 15mg of meth times 2000 plus
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: 15mg of meth times 2000 plus
Etching and aquatint on paper
image FRED TOMASELLI: 16 x 14 to a higher power
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: 16 x 14 to a higher power
Etching on paper
image FRED TOMASELLI: 50v's for the center of your face
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: 50v's for the center of your face
Etching and aquatint on paper
image FRED TOMASELLI: 562 eyes in self-surveillance
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: 562 eyes in self-surveillance
Etching and aquatint on paper
image FRED TOMASELLI: Sep. 15, 2005
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Sep. 15, 2005
Silkscreen and inkjet print
image FRED TOMASELLI: Aug. 31, 2005
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Aug. 31, 2005
8-color screenprint
image FRED TOMASELLI: Cyclopticon
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Cyclopticon
Surface-mounted pigment print on plexiglass
image FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Screenprint on black paper
image FRED TOMASELLI: Order Passeriformes (Black Version)
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Order Passeriformes (Black Version)
Digital C-print
image FRED TOMASELLI: Advanced Transvestism
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Advanced Transvestism
Engraving
image FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Engraving
image FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Untitled
Collage and engraving
image FRED TOMASELLI: Blotter Acid
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Blotter Acid
Etching
image FRED TOMASELLI: Youth Culture Rebellion Blotter Acid
Edition
FRED TOMASELLI: Youth Culture Rebellion Blotter Acid
Yellow print on perforated purple paper