All the News That’s Fit to Paint

Fred Tomaselli's first West Coast show opens this weekend

FredTomaselliNYTArtFor Fred Tomaselli, this weekend’s personal headline is a good one: “Orange County Kid Makes Good.” New York-based since the mid-1980s, the artist has returned home to Southern California for an exhibition of his famous enhancements of New York Times front pages.

From the Orange County Museum of Art syllabus:

Fred Tomaselli: The Times is the artist’s first West Coast museum exhibition. Born in Santa Monica, raised in Santa Ana and a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Tomaselli now lives and works in New York, where he has built a reputation for his vibrant and intricate painting technique. The Times highlights a recent and extensive body of work adapting cover photos of the New York Times daily papers, echoing the absurdity of endless news cycles, and occasionally commenting on the stories’ contents. In addition, OCMA is presenting a selection of his collage and resin paintings.

The show runs in Newport Beach February 15 through May 24 and echos a book of the artist’s NYT treatments released last spring. Ahead of the SoCal show, Tomaselli spoke with LA Times reporter Carolina A. Miranda for a nice profile in a paper that, she notes, perhaps he will one day also start messing with.

[Image via: ocma.net]