Fred Tomaselli  (American, 1956) 

Fred Tomaselli (American, b.1956) is acclaimed for his collaged paintings, which incorporate unconventional materials and depict hallucinatory, surreal scenes. Tomaselli was born in Santa Monica, CA, and grew up in the drug-filled 1970s culture on the west coast, before moving to New York, where he immersed himself in the city’s artistic community. The artist cites the climate of 1980s New York as the inspiration for his works’ unusual materials, which include aspirin, nicotine patches, hemp leaves, hallucinogenic powders, and pills. While in the 1970s these drugs had been a source of connection to utopian visions, in the 1980s Tomaselli observed his friends using such drugs amidst a darker, Postmodern, AIDS-ridden landscape. He incorporates these materials into shimmering, glittering works that combine natural imagery with patterns and surreal backgrounds, blurring the lines between the natural and the artificial. Tomaselli’s work also touches on transcendentalism, linking the 19th century philosophy about the metaphysical found in nature to a renewed contemporary vision of this search for spiritual meaning. He has exhibited his work at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., at White Cube in London, and at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Tomaselli currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Fred Tomaselli, Chain Reaction


Fred Tomaselli
Chain Reaction

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
Fred Tomaselli, Bloom


Fred Tomaselli

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
Fred Tomaselli, July 5, 2012


Fred Tomaselli
July 5, 2012

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
Fred Tomaselli, Untitled


Fred Tomaselli

White Cube
Fred Tomaselli, Untitled


Fred Tomaselli

White Cube
Fred Tomaselli, Untitled (Blotter Acid #5)


Fred Tomaselli
Untitled (Blotter Acid #5)

White Cube
Fred Tomaselli, Amp


Fred Tomaselli

White Cube
Fred Tomaselli, Stack


Fred Tomaselli

White Cube
Fred Tomaselli, Small Arrangement


Fred Tomaselli
Small Arrangement

Kohn Gallery
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Fred Tomaselli, Double stack


Fred Tomaselli
Double stack, 1990
acrylic, resin and aspirin on board


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Fred Tomaselli, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral


Fred Tomaselli
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, 1994
acrylic, pills and resin on panel


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Fred Tomaselli, Birds


Fred Tomaselli
Birds, 1998
paper collage on paper


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1956   Born in Santa Monica, CA
  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2013   Don't Be Shy, Don't Hold Back - The Logan Collection At Sfmoma - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, C
2013   sous influences - arts plastiques et psychotropes - La Maison Rouge, Paris
2012   James Cohan Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, "Booth E08" December 6 - 9, 2012 New York Gallery
2010   Fred Tomaselli - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
2010   Fred Tomaselli - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2009   Fred Tomaselli - White Cube - Hoxton Square, London (England)
2008   Molecules that Matter, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
2006   "Having New Eyes," Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2006   "The Paper Sculpture Show," Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
2006   "POPulence," Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2005   "Ecstasy: In and About Altered States," MOCA THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY, Los Angeles, CA
2005   "Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise," The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2005   "POPulence," Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH; Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, TX
2005   "Neo-Baroque!" Galleria Byblos Art Gallery, Verona
2004   "Fred Tomaselli," White Cube, London, UK
2004   "Realm of the Senses," James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2004   "SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial," SITE Santa Fe, NM
2004   "Curious Crystal of Unusual Purity," P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
2004   "2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
2003   "Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art and Life," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2003   "Materials-Metaphors-Narratives," Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2003   "Warped Space," CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003   "Plunder: Culture as Material," Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
2002   "The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward" and "Summer," James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2002   "Fred Tomaselli," Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2002   "On Perspective: Belvilacqua, Giersbach, Edwards, Lazzarini, Oursler," Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
2001   "Fred Tomaselli: New Work," White Cube, London, UK
2001   "Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst," Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische kunst e. v., Berlin
2001   "Fred Tomaselli: Ten-Year Survey," The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
2000   "The Lyon Biennial," Halle Tony Garnier Lyon, France
2000   James Cohan Gallery New York, NY
2000   "Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture," American Academy of Arts and Letters New York, NY
1999   Galerie Gebauer Berlin, Germany
1999   "The Nature of Order," James Cohan Gallery New York, NY
1999   "Wildflowers," Katona Museum of Art Katona, NY
1999   "Gravity's Rainbow," Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
1998   Project 63: Karin Davie, Udomsak Krisanamis, Bruce Pearson, Fred Tomaselli, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1997   "A Passion for Picture: Selections from the Charles H. Carpenter Jr. Collection," Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1997   "Contemporary Collectors XII," San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, CA
1997   Jack Tilton Gallery New York, NY
1996   "Multiple Identity: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art," travelling exhibition (Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Italy; Germany)
1996   "Trans/Inter/Post: Hybrid Spaces," University of California Irvine, CA
1996   "Fred Tomaselli: The Urge to be Transported," Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, CA Huntingon Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA
1995   Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
1995   "Painting Outside Painting," The Corcoran Biennial, The Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.
1994   Chirstopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991   White Columns Gallery, New York, NY
1990   Artist's Space, Project Room New York, NY
1987   P.S. 1 Museum Long Island City, New York