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True Self, a group exhibition curated by Baseman opens at Jonathan Levine Gallery this Saturday, October 24th

True Self is a group exhibition of new works by over 40 artists, brought together by represented artist and special guest curator Gary Baseman. The theme has been left open to encourage individual interpretation without size or medium restrictions, so that each participating artist has complete creative freedom on the subject at hand.

In the curator’s words:
“In this exhibition, I have invited a group of painters, photographers, and sculptors, to look deep inside themselves and create an image that they feel represents their own passion or obsession. They might imagine themselves as anyone or anything—a wolf, a cupcake, a mermaid, even a skyscraper.  I am requesting each artist to create an artwork that represents his or her true self. I am not asking for (nor do I want) a self-portrait. Rather, I’m requesting that the participating artists pick an icon, metaphor, or symbol that they feel represents their true essence. The desired result is a breaking of boundaries to allow a space and time where we can discover, accept, and love our true selves, feeling nirvana and heaven on earth.”

True Self Participating Artists
True Self Participating Artists

Adam Wallacavage, Alex Prager, Amor Muñoz, Boris Hoppek, Christian Clayton, Cleon Peterson, Dalek, Dave Cooper, David Sandlin, Deedee Cheriel, Eric White, Esther Pearl Watson, Fons Schiedon, Frieda Gossett, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Gerard Dubois, Gretchen Ryan, James Jean, Jonathon Rosen, Korin Faught, Lauren Bergman, Leah Hayes, Lola, The London Police, Luke Chueh, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Mark Todd, Martha Rich, Mike Shinoda, Miso, Natalia Fabia, Orly Cogan, Ray Caesar, Rob Clayton, Robin VanValkenburgh, Ron English, Ryan Heshka, Ryan Jacob Smith, Shag, Shannon Freshwater, Tim Biskup, Travis Lampe, and more to come!


(above) "Mother" by James Jean

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jonathan Levine Gallery

529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor

New York, NY

Baseman's True Self: Temptation of Forever
Baseman's True Self: Temptation of Forever

Baseman's creation for the True Self exhibition is a new, original painting titled "Temptation of Forever."  The painting is acrylic on canvas and measures 3 feet by 4 feet.  This painting has never before exhibited in the United States or anywhere in the world.


Hello Kitty! Three Apples Exhibition at Royal-T
Hello Kitty! Three Apples Exhibition at Royal-T

Baseman is contributing an original painting to the upcoming Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary exhibition at Royal-T.  For this special event, SANRIO is pulling out all the stops!  In addition to launching a variety of special, limited edition products, SANRIO will introduce Three Apples, a multi-dimensional exhibition and celebration of all things Hello Kitty running from October 23rd until November 15th. The opening reception on Friday, October 23rd is open to the public.

Three Apples features an unprecedented lineup of over 80 celebrated artists who've been invited to interpret their creative vision of Hello Kitty in unique, original works that will be on display and for sale. Artists include Amanda Visell, Andrew Brandou, Bigfoot, Brian McCarty, Buff Monster, Frank Kozik, Friends With You, Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Michelle Valigura, Natalia Fabia, Ron English, Simone Legno, Tara McPherson, Thomas Han, and Travis Louie plus a wide range of artists from all over the globe!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit L.A. Works, a volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

To celebrate this special event, Baseman will release an extremely limited edition giclee print of his painting. The print is limited to only 35 and measures 17 x 22 inches. It's offered exclusively through JapanLA

Three Apples, Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary Group Exhibition


October 23rd – November 15th

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Culver City, CA 90232

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