Scott Reeder, ‘Real Fake’, 2013, Kavi Gupta

Artist's rendering for Art Basel Public Sector at the Bass Museum of Art

Image rights: Courtesy Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN

About Scott Reeder

In his paintings, sculptures, and installations, Scott Reeder uses simple forms to address complex ideas and deploy cultural critique. He has become known for his cartoon-like style, expressive contour lines and bright colors, demonstrated infamously in his ”Cute Communists” series (2007) of famous communist leaders painted with doll-like cuteness. His other subjects include paintings of anthropomorphic objects, in a reconsideration of the familiar and mundane, and humorous references to iconic art historical works, as in Cops Ascending a Staircase (2009) (a reference to Marcel Duchamp’s most famous work). More recently, Reeder has begun to make a series of spaghetti paintings, in which the silhouettes of various types of cooked and uncooked spaghetti are spray painted onto a surface in abstract compositions.

American, b. 1970, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, based in Chicago, Illinois; Raleigh, NC