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 ones like Manny Moa, a furry friend inspired by the now-extinct flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. This exhibition was his first one in Australasia and will be followed by a new exhibition for the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson with plans to be open in 2020.
While isolated at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, Baseman is currently working on a special edition of Manny for his fans to collect. Stay tuned for more information about this new project!