Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli

by Ian Berry
     
 

Complex explosions of colour and line, swirling patterns, and collages made of natural objects are signature elements of Tomaselli's work. His large-scale assemblage paintings, often built onto wooden surfaces and later varnished, are rich creations laced with historic and cultural references. They invite close viewing and this beautiful large-format volume allows

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Complex explosions of colour and line, swirling patterns, and collages made of natural objects are signature elements of Tomaselli's work. His large-scale assemblage paintings, often built onto wooden surfaces and later varnished, are rich creations laced with historic and cultural references. They invite close viewing and this beautiful large-format volume allows readers to study in brilliant detail the intricacies of each piece. In addition to full reproductions, there are also illustrations of details magnified to reveal the paintings' texture that is so critical to Tomaselli's technique. An interview with the artist provides enriching background while essays by the authors as well as the prominent art historian Linda Norden offer insight into the context and themes of this fascinating American artist. An excerpt from an unpublished work by bestselling writer David Shields, who is an ardent fan of Fred Tomaselli, rounds off this volume.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This large, fully illustrated, and detailed catalog features the career and philosophy of West Coast artist Fred Tomaselli in an exhibit traveling from the Aspen Art Museum to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Skidmore Coll.) and the Brooklyn Museum (in 2011). This retrospective showing of Tomaselli's starry night-influenced images, strewn with trompe l'oeil pharmaceuticals, some like strings of pearls, his garden fantasies, collages, and highly designed birds alternate with text that includes interviews with the artist and essays on the meaning and impact of his work by contemporary art curators. Rounding out the catalog are a descriptive Exhibition History and lengthy bibliography. VERDICT Because of the current fashion and the span of time for this traveling exhibit—which may drum up interest at each venue—anticipate demand for books on Tomaselli, especially if you manage art book collections focusing on West Coast artists and the decorative arts.—Ellen Bates, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791343921
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

The exhibition is organized by the Aspen Art Museum and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Ian Berry is Associate Director and The Susan Rabinowitz Malloy Curator of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson is the Director and Chief Curator of the Aspen Art Museum.

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