Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fred Tomaselli at the Brooklyn Museum

There will be a great opening at the Brooklyn Museum on October 8th for an artist whom I find important and lasting. Fred Tomaselli is hanging a mid-career survey exhibition that will surely draw a big crowd of well known art people and worthy viewers. I won't be there, I'll be out of town that day, but you should go. I'll go see it later in the month when the museum is empty and I can stand in front of his birds and trees and eyeballs with something radical playing on my new pink nano. I can't wait.

You can't tell from the images above, but Tomaselli's works are actually collaged cut-outs from fashion magazines, medical texts and ornithological guides. They are layered with plants, pills and paint. They are a testament to gallery shows and museums and a real reason to see art up close, in person, with your own eyeballs scanning the shapes. It's old school, and, as I said, important. Go, and let me know how it is.

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