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Lot No. 1
Fred Tomaselli


  • NYC Benefit Auction

  • Tribeca Rooftop

Aug. 29, 2013, 2014
Screen print over digital print on paper, 14 × 15 inches
Edition 7/20 APs

Includes Brooklyn studio tour with the artist for up to 20 guests

Tomaselli is known for drawing upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions to create works that explode with mesmerizing patterns through the layering of resin, pharmaceuticals, and organic materials. More recently, Tomaselli has been transforming the front page of The New York Times with gouache and collage. “Every morning, I get The Times and see what’s on the front page,” he says. “I used to scrutinize it for the news. Now, I scrutinize it for the news and for what it might deliver to me as an artist.”

Born in Southern California, Tomaselli lives and works in New York, where he has built a reputation for his vibrant and intricate painting technique. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including a survey exhibition at Aspen Art Museum that toured to the Tang and Brooklyn Museums; Albright-Knox Gallery of Art; Site Santa Fe; and Whitney Museum of American Art. His works have been included in international biennial exhibitions including Sydney; Prospect 1, Site Santa Fe; the Whitney, and others. Tomaselli’s work can be found in the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is currently on view at MASS MoCA in Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, on view through March 19, 2017.

Note: the tour of Tomaselli’s Brooklyn studio should be arranged before February, when his work leaves for a show in London.

Estimated Value: $1,500

The October 25 live auction will be conducted by Eric Widing, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Americas. To place an absentee bid, fill out this form, and email it to Rebecca Wehry at rwehry@massmoca.org by 10am on October 25.