Gary Baseman: Imaginary Friends


Wed 22 May 2019, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 23 May 2019, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 24 May 2019, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 25 May 2019, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 26 May 2019, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery, Cnr of Wharf and Willow Streets, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In his first exhibition in Australasia, 'Imaginary Friends' showcases dozens of dynamic characters created by Los Angeles-based artist Gary Baseman.

Shifting from a successful career in editorial illustration since the 1980s, Baseman started to create his own cast of characters in the 1990s that represent aspects of the human condition. The creator of Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, which won BAFTA and Emmy awards, Baseman also designed the board-game Cranium, and his toys are avidly collected worldwide. The characters exist as drawings, paintings, toys, fashion, or appear in photographs and video.

Demonstrating Baseman’s “pervasive art” that crosses media and disciplines, 'Imaginary Friends' shows his characters manifested in multiple ways, allowing viewers to engage personally and experientially, connecting the characters’ stories with their own.

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