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1956 Born in Santa Monica, California

Lives and works in Brooklyn

Education

  • 1982 BA, Painting and Drawing, California State University, Fullerton, California

Grants and Awards

  • 1998 Joan Mitchell Grant
  • 1993 Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design, City Hall, New York

Public Art Commissions

  • 1990 Percent for Art Commission, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2016

  • Keep looking: Fred Tomaselli’s birds, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
  • Fred Tomaselli, James Cohen Gallery, 26th St., New York

2014

  • Fred Tomaselli: Current Events, James Cohan Gallery, New York

2010

  • Fred Tomaselli, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
  • Fred Tomaselli, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, New York

2009

  • Fred Tomaselli, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
  • Fred Tomaselli, White Cube, London

2006

  • Fred Tomaselli, James Cohan Gallery

2005

  • Fred Tomaselli, Carlier - Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

2004

  • Fred Tomaselli, White Cube, London, UK (through January 22, 2005)
  • Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise, organized by Fiona Bradley, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; traveling to Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (March 9 – June 19, 2005); The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (September 15 – December 5, 2005) (catalogue)

2003

  • Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, New York
  • James Cohan Gallery, New York

2001

  • White Cube, London
  • Gravity’s Rainbow, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
  • Fred Tomaselli: 10-Year Survey, curated by Amy Cappellazzo, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Florida; traveled to SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000

  • Phrase Book (text by Rick Moody, illustrated by Fred Tomaselli), Christine Burgin Gallery, New York
  • James Cohan Gallery, New York

1999

  • Gravity’s Rainbow, curated by Eugenie Tsai, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York (catalogue)
  • Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
  • Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France

1998

  • Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1997

  • Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

1996

  • Fred Tomaselli, The Urge to Be Transported, co-curated by Marilu Knodeand Rene Pritikin, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens,
  • San Francisco, California; Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, California; Rice University, Houston, Texas; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

1995

  • Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (catalogue)
  • Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

1994

  • Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France

1993

  • Josh Baer Gallery, New York
  • Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

1992

  • Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1991

  • White Columns Gallery, curated by Bill Arning, New York
  • Randy Alexander Gallery, New York

1990

  • Artist’s Space, curated by Cornelia Butler, Project Room, New York

1987

  • P.S. 1 Museum, curated by Tom Finkelpearl, Long Island City, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2012

  • Into the Mystic, The Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Freedom not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin
  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, 1st Kiev Biennale Arsenale
2011

  • Painting Between the Lines,. CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
  • Alchemy & Inquiry, Wave Hill Botanical Gardens, Bronx; James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai

2010

  • Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London
  • The Beauty of Distance, 17th International Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
  • Between the Worlds, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun

2009

  • The World In The Body, Medicine, Life and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Universal Code, Powerplant, Toronto

2008

  • Multiverse, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
  • Molecules that Matter, Tang Teaching Museum, New York
  • You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, White Cube, Hoxton Square and Shoreditch Town Hall, London
  • It's Gouache & Gouache Only, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York
  • If Everybody Had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall
  • Art is For The Spirit: Work from The UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
  • Prospect 1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, LA
  • Demons, Yarns and Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, The Dairy, London

2007

  • If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition, CAPC, Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
  • Molecules That Matter, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York
  • If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall
  • The Paper Sculpture Show, Austin Museum of Art, Austin
  • Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York

2006

  • The Paper Sculpture Show, The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinatti, OH
  • Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum, New York
  • Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
  • The Paper Sculpture Show, The Contemporary, Atlanta

2005

  • Swarm, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA (December 3 – March 18 2006)
  • Quantum Grids: Cai Guo-Ciang, Yayoi Kusama, Sol Lewitt, and Fred Tomaselli, Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center for the Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (through April 16, 2006)
  • Vertiges, Printemps de septembre à Tolouse, France(September 23 – October 16, 2005)
  • Neo-Baroque!, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona, Italy (catalogue)
  • Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, organized by Paul Schimmel with Gloria Sutton, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
  • Landscape, curated by Donna De Salvo, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • POPulence, curated by David Pagel, Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, TX; traveling to the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (September 15-December 20, 2005), and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (January 21-April 2, 2006) (catalogue)
  • Over + Over: Passion for Process, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign; traveling to the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA (catalogue)
  • COLLAGE signs & surfaces, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
  • Flower Myth. Vincent van Gogh to Jeff Koons, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland

2004

  • PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, curated by Cydney Payton,
  • Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, CO (through January 2, 2005)
  • Birdspace: A Post Audubon Artists Aviary, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
  • Realm of the Senses, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Flower as Image, curated by Ernst Jonas Bencard and Poul Erik Tøjner,
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
  • Curious Crystal of Unusual Purity, curated by Bob Nickas and Steve Lafreniere,
  • P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
  • Material Evidence: Artists Revisit Process, Bellevue Art Museum, Washington
  • Summer Show, James Cohan Gallery, New York
  • Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, curated by Robert Storr, 5th International Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Popstraction, Deitch Projects, New York
  • Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
  • 2004 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • For the Birds, curated by Denise Markonish, Artspace, New Haven
  • Indivisible Cities, curated by Jason Paradis, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York

2003

  • Transfigurations: The Body in 20th Century Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Happiness: a survival focus guide for art and life, Mori Art Museum, Japan, curated by David Elliot
  • Arrangement: The Use of Flowers in Art, Rhodes + Mann, London
  • Post Op, curated by Ralph Rugoff, CCAC, San Francisco
  • The Paper Sculpture Show, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York (book)
  • High & Inside, Marlborough Chelsea, New York.
  • Painting Pictures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Shine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2003

  • The Great Drawing Show, 1550-2003 A.D., Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, April 12-May 31, 2003
  • The Ganzfeld (Unbound), curated by Nadel, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

2002

  • Psychodrome.02: Michel Gouery, Franz Ackerman, Fred Tomaselli, curated by Grazia Quaroni and David Renaud, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (through Feb. 2003) (catalogue)
  • Liverpool Biennial, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England
  • Visions of America: Photographs from the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward: Selected Works by Harry Smith, Philip
  • Taaffe and Fred Tomaselli, James Cohan Gallery, New York
  • Self-Medicated, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • On Perspective, Galleri Faurschou, Kobenhavn, Denmark.
  • The Carpenter Collection, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2001
  • Berlin Biennale, curated by Saskia Bos, Berlin, Germany.
  • Patterns: Between Object and Arabesque, curated by Lene Burkard Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark. Traveled to:
  • Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (January-March 2002)
  • 10 Years Gebauer, Gallerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
  • Luck of the Drawn: Works on Paper, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
  • ARS 01, curated by Patrik Nyberg, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • The Americans – New Art, curated by Mark Sladen, Barbican Gallery, London, England
  • Art of the 1990’s, Museum of Cotemporary Art, San Diego, California (catalogue)
  • The Passions: from Brueghel to Viola, James Cohan Gallery, New York
  • College Proofs: The River House Edition Collection at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Art at the Edge of the Law, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

2000

  • Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
  • The Lyon Biennial, curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
  • The Visionary Landscape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Art, Exit Art/The First World, New York
  • Fred Tomaselli: Recent Print Acquisitions, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, curated by Marente Bloemheuvel and Jaap Guldemond, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Made in California, curated by Lynn Zelevanksy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
  • Open Ends: MoMA 2000, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Hypermental: Rampant Reality 1950-2000 from Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland, curated by Bice Curiger
  • Selections From the Philip Morris Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York

1999

  • The Nature of Order, James Cohan Gallery New York
  • Animal Artifice, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
  • The Ecstatic, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York
  • Wildflowers, Katona Museum of Art, Katona, New York
  • The Great Drawing Show: 1985-1999, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Pleasure Dome, Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York
  • Pattern, James Graham and Sons Gallery, New York
  • Ultra Buzz, Gallery of Art-Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Post-Hypnotic, curated by Barry Blinderman, organized by Illinois State University, University Galleries, Normal, Illinois. Exhibition traveled through 2001 to: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; The Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois; SECCA,
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina; The Tweed Museum, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida

1998

  • Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
  • Pop Abstraction, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Project 63: Karin Davie, Udomsak Krisanamis, Bruce Pearson, Fred Tomaselli, curated by Lillian Tone and Ann Umland, The Museum of Modern Art, NewYork
  • Perspectives on Infinity, TransAmerica Pyramid Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Utopia, Roebling Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • International Home and Garden, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, Pusan Contemporary Art Museum, Pusan, Korea

1997

  • Heart, Mind, Body and Soul, curated by Thelma Golden, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Icon/Iconoclast, curated by Raymond Foye, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York
  • Personal Absurdities, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
  • Paper Trail, curated by Sabine Russ and Gregory Volk, Perogie 2000, Brooklyn, New York
  • Animal Tales, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
  • Redefinitions: A View from Brooklyn, curated by Charlotta Kotik, California State University, Fullerton, California
  • A Passion for Picture; Selections from the Charles H. Carpenter Jr. Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Just What Do You Think You’re Doing Dave, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • Out There: Images of the Cosmos, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oceans and Galaxies, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York
  • Contemporary Collectors XII, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California

1996

  • Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth, curated by James Rondeau, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Multiple Identity: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art,
  • Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece; Museu d’Art
  • Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; Castello di Rivoli and Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy; Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
  • Charles H. Carpenter Jr., The Odyssey of a Collector, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Fragments, Museu d’Arte Contemporanei Barcelona, Spain
  • Brazil/USA Exchange, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paolo, Brazil

1996

  • A Glimpse of the Norton Collection as revealed by Kim Dingle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California
  • TRANS/INTER/POST: Hybrid Spaces, University of California, Irvine
  • Other Subjects, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
  • Luminous Bodies, curated by Dara Meyers-Kingsley, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • Patterns of Excess, Art Gallery, Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania
  • America Dreamin, curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York
  • Imaginary Beings, Exit Art, New York

1995

  • Altered and Irrational, curated by Beth Venn, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Painting Outside Painting, curated by Terrie Sultan, The Corcoran Biennial, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • On Beauty, curated by Dan Cameron, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • Brave New World, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • Abstraction Faite, Gilbert Brownstone and Galerie Mateo, Paris, France
  • A Glimpse of the Norton Collection as Revealed by Kim Dingle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California
  • (still life, portrait, landscape), Bravin Post Lee, New York
  • Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pittura/Immediata, curated by Peter Wieble, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum and Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria
  • Narrative, Graham Modern, New York
  • It’s only Rock and Roll: Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art, curated by David S. Rubin, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

1994

  • Fool’s Paradise, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • Promising Suspects, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut Jet Lag, Martina Detterer Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Arabesque, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York
  • Benefit Exhibition and Sale for Independent Curators, curated by Dan Cameron, Sonnabend Gallery, New York
  • Residence Secondaire, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Carré St-Nicolas, Paris, France
  • Five New York Artists, TRE, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Modus Operandi, Leonora Vega Gallery, New York
  • About Time, T’Zart & Co., New York
  • Selections, Adam Baumgold Fine Art, New York
  • Group Show, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, California

1993

  • Abstraction for the Information Age, curated by Irit Krygier, The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, California
  • Mimosa, Food House, Santa Monica, California
  • Six Young Americans, Royal Art Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tele-Aesthetics, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  • Mr. Serling’s Neighborhood, curated by Tom Patchett, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • Fever, Exit Art, New York
  • Recycling Reconsidered, curated by Suzanne Weaver, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • A Collector’s Choice, Joan Washburn Gallery, New York
  • Poverty Pop, Exit Art, New York
  • The Final Frontier, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
  • Interzone, John Post Lee Gallery, New York
  • True Love, Dooley La Cappellaine Gallery, New York

1992

  • Fred Tomaselli, Keith Coventry, Carl Ostendarp, David Dupuis, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Special Project, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
  • Voyage to the Nth Dimension, Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
  • Tattoo Collection, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
  • Ecstasy, Dooley La Cappellaine Gallery, New York

1991

  • Brooklyn, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
  • White Bird, curated by Hudson, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • From Sculpture, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, New York
  • Certainty Uncertainty, Deutsche Bank, Lobby Gallery, New York
  • Maps & Madness, curated by Fred Wilson, Longwood Arts Gallery, New York

1990

  • Out of Sight, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, New York
  • Garbage Out Front: A New Era in Public Design (a collaboration with Mierle Laderman Ukeles), Urban Center, New York
  • Reconnaissance, Simon Watson Gallery, New York
  • Works on Paper, Paula Allen Gallery, New York
  • Art Awareness, Arts Center, Lexington, New York
  • Ten Q, Ihara Ludens Gallery, New York
  • An Army of Lovers, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York

1988

  • Art in Anchorage, Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
  • The Center Show, Lesbian and Gay Community Center, New York
  • The First Amendment Show, Sally Hawkins Gallery, New York

1987

  • Movietone Muse, Penn Plaza, New York

1985

  • Off the Street, Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles, California
  • Modern Times, Irit Krygier Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • LACE Salutes Pershing Square, Pershing Square Park, Los Angeles, California
  • Loco Motion, California State University, Los Angeles, California

1984

  • Four Installations, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
  • The Cotton Exchange Show, sponsored by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, California
  • The Crap Show, curated by Paul McCarthy, Orwell Memorial ArtSpace, Los Angeles, California