“When opportunities open up, you have to take them or you try your best,” Gary Baseman has said when asked about the transition from commercial to fine art. So when his friends Mark Ryden and R. Kenton Nelson introduced him to the Mendenhall Gallery, the opportunity to have an exhibition at an established art gallery was just Dumb Luck! Twenty years ago today (July 31) Dumb Luck and Other Paintings about Lack of Control opened at the Mendenhall Gallery in Pasadena.
Baseman’s first major monograph of the same title features works from the show, along with his personal collection of art and vintage collectibles and photographs that have long inspired him. Get your SIGNED COPY of Baseman: Dumb Luck here and “Be careful what you wish for.”