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Spend #ValentinesDay with my first love, Fred Tomaselli!

I’m thrilled a major Fred Tomaselli show is coming to the greater Los Angeles area! He is my first art nerd crush and the reason I’m so passionate about art and art history. I might be dating myself, BUT if you scroll down to “about the artist” you will see a 2003 exhibition at the Albright-Knox Gallery of Art which is coincidentally the year I finished my art history degree. Those Tomaselli paintings were spellbinding and have haunted/inspired me ever since. I’m thrilled the OMCA will be presenting a selection of his latest collage and resin paintings + tickled its opening this Valentine’s day weekend. <3 TOMASELLI_After-Nov-web

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Mingle with fellow OCMA members and enjoy an exclusive preview of the following exhibitions before they open to the public: Alien She | Fred Tomaselli: The Times | Selections: Dieter Roth’s Piccadillies | Misappropriations: New Acquisitions . Music by Riot Grrrl DJ Emily Ryan. Free photo booth.

VIP Reception and Private Viewing | 6 – 7 pm
Wine and hors d’oeuvres
Supporter level members and above

Members’ Opening Reception | 7 – 9 pm
Cash bar available
Open to all members

RSVP is required by Friday, February 6 to Please indicate which event(s) you plan to attend and the name of your guest.


PS. If you have an art nerd you know and love and your life (who might also be a big Tomaselli fan) Artspace has an excellent selection of Tomaselli prints for the emerging collector budget and a variety of awesome gift guides to help you nab that unique artsy gift that will surely be remembered and well-appreciated.

Fred Tomaselli: The Times is the artist’s first West Coast museum exhibition. Born in Southern California and a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Tomaselli now lives and works in New York, where he has built a reputation for his vibrant and intricate painting technique. The Times highlights a recent and extensive body of work adapting cover photos of The New York Times daily papers, echoing the absurdity of endless news cycles, and occasionally commenting on the stories’ contents. In addition, OCMA is presenting a selection of his collage and resin paintings; many are large scale and all capture the extreme attention to detail for which the artist is renowned.


About the artist:
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; Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.


More from the 2003 AKAG show:

Fred Tomaselli combines painting, college, and other disparate materials (pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis leaves, reproductions of facial details such as eyes, hands, and lips clipped from fashion magazines) to create microcosms of electrifying intensity. His are complex and often disorienting worlds, which can take months to conceive. Some images – analogues for an uneasy equilibrium – pit order against chaos. Others, in their repetitive severity, resemble religious mandalas – unlikely vehicles for meditation. Still others appear entirely entropic. Tomaselli’s quirky constructions reflect his visionary and idiosyncratic worldview of insular universes where utopian pretensions, sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, in the end remain a relative proposition.


2 Responses to “Spend #ValentinesDay with my first love, Fred Tomaselli!”
  1. RT Spend #ValentinesDay with my first love, Fred Tomaselli! – @OCMA @JCohanGallery

  2. OCMA says:

    Thanks for the Tomaselli shout out! Please feel free to tag us next time

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