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Baseman Honors His Mom Naomi

Happy Mother’s Day! Naomi Baseman was born in Kostopol, Poland in 1921, and survived the Holocaust, emigrating to the United States (via Canada) to settle with her family in Los Angeles, California. Always supportive of her son Gary’s art, Naomi attended her son’s exhibition openings, donned on Enlightened Chou masks…

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Ahwroo’s Vicious Origin Story

“Vicious is about primal urges. Wanting so much to the point of losing control. Not knowing how deeply you are inflicting pain on another person. Drawing Blood. Being bloodthirsty. Reflecting the beast inside of us.” – Gary Baseman The solo exhibition Vicious by Gary Baseman opened in 2012 at the…

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Remember Baseman’s Collab with Frau Blau?

Garbs of Creamy Goodness was a collaboration between artist Gary Baseman and Tel Aviv duo Helena Blaunstein and Philip Blau, founders of the label Frau Blau. In 2011, in conjunction with the Design Museum in Holon, this exhibition featured clothing designed by Blaunstein and Blau that translated Baseman’s characters, including…

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La Noche de la Fusion Anniversary

May 2 is the 11th Anniversary of La Noche de la Fusión! Inspired by his travels to Brazil, Italy, Thailand, and Israel, Gary Baseman created La Noche de la Fusion to celebrate the bittersweetness of life. An exhibition of more than a dozen paintings, an installation featuring The Enlightened Chou,…

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The Door is Always Open Anniversary

The Door is Always Open’s reception was held seven years ago at the Skirball Cultural Center. It is one of the most representative exhibitions in Gary Baseman’s prolific career. Merging pop culture and fine art, this exhibition featured a body of work that explored the influence of Baseman’s Jewish family…

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COVID-19 PSA by Gary Baseman

When crisis happen, artists often do what they can to make circumstances better. Long motivated to engage in dialogue about art-making and visual culture, Gary Baseman’s practice transforms everyday observations and experiences into art in an effort to bring more awareness to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this moment, Baseman is…

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Gary and Blackie the Cat’s 14th Anniversary!

Did you catch this Instagram’s post? March 28th was the 14th anniversary and the date that commemorates the moment when Blackie the Cat adopted artist Gary Baseman. Ever since, Blackie the Cat has been Baseman’s inseparable companion and a continuous inspiration for Baseman’s most recent projects, including The Purr Room,…

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What to binge-watch!

If there was ever a time to binge-watch the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning ABC/Disney series “Teacher’s Pet”, it’s now. As the world continues to social distance and isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic, “Teacher’s Pet” will help you draw your mind away temporarily from coronavirus concerns and pass the time while…

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Looking back to Imaginary Friends

A year ago, on March 30th, Gary Baseman’s exhibition Imaginary Friends opened at the Tauranga Art Gallery in New Zealand. Imaginary Friends showcased Baseman’s drawings, paintings, photography, video, toys, and fashion, featuring his most well-known and cherished characters, some dating back to the beginning of his career, and some new…

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