Fred Tomaselli, ‘Untitled from Earth School Portfolio ’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery
Fred Tomaselli, ‘Untitled from Earth School Portfolio ’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery
Fred Tomaselli, ‘Untitled from Earth School Portfolio ’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery
Fred Tomaselli, ‘Untitled from Earth School Portfolio ’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery
Fred Tomaselli, ‘Untitled from Earth School Portfolio ’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery

This rarely seen 2005 print was created by Fred Tomaselli in a very limited edition of only 25, for the little publicized elusive gem "Earth School Portfolio" - a linen covered portfolio box, which held a print by each of these 10 artists: Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Tony Fitzpatrick, Yun-Fei Ji, David Sandlin, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Carnie Waldman and Sally Webster. These artists all donated their work to support the Earth School, an alternative public school in the East Village of New York City. We acquired the complete portfolio with all of the works. This Tomaselli print has excellent provenance, as it was part of the original portfolio, acquired from the Collection of Ashton Hawkins - former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is in original condition, never framed - and this is the first time that it will be removed from the original portfolio box housing all of the works in the Earth School collection. Pencil signed and numbered.

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Signature: Signed and numbered in graphite on the recto (front) 19 from the limited edition of only 25

Publisher: Paddock House Press

Acquired from the Earth School Portfolio, held in the original linen slipcase with prints by nine other artists, from the Estate of Ashton Hawkins, former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.

About Fred Tomaselli

In his exquisitely detailed paintings and collages, Fred Tomaselli renders abstract patterns, human figures, and natural forms in a range of unorthodox materials—such as medicinal herbs, prescription drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and cuttings from printed material—which he arranges on wood panels in a thick layer of clear resin. His meticulous compositions swirl across the picture plane like psychedelic visions or Medieval tapestry patterns. Tomaselli sees his works as surreal and hallucinatory universes, in which viewers are apt to lose themselves to a vortex of imagery and ornament. He is particularly interested in the notion of utopia and its various iterations in creative movements, from the Transcendentalists to the Beatniks, describing his work as a sort of “search for transcendence.”

American, b. 1956, Santa Monica, California, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

2016
Toledo Museum of Art, 
Toledo, ON, Canada,
Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli's Birds

Group Shows

2018
New York,
2018
2017
2017
New York,
Contemporary Magic
2013
International Print Center, New York, 
New York City, NY, United States,
News/Prints
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