May will see the release of Dumb Luck, the first retrospective book from Gary Baseman, the avant-garde artist behind Disney’s Teacher’s Pet TV series and feature film. Baseman fans also know his characters from his frequent gallery shows, toy collections and the box art on the hit board game Cranium.
Born in Los Angeles, Baseman created Gary and the Monsters in sixth grade and went on to win three Emmys and a BAFTA award for Teacher’s Pet. He is listed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most creative people in entertainment and his artwork often graces the cover of The New Yorker.
Dumb Luck: The Art of Gary Baseman includes paintings, illustrations from magazines and advertising, art created for Teacher’s Pet, sketchbooks, photos of muses that reside in his studio and photographs from his private collection. Also included are quotes from fellow artists, an introduction by Barry Smolin and a revealing prologue by the artist himself.
Baseman comments, "I want to create work that breaks the boundaries and divisions between fine art and mass media–work that can find meaning with an audience when it is in an art gallery, find meaning in a publication, find meaning on TV and film, even in the form of consumer products. I love the challenge of keeping one’s artistic vision, meaning and integrity and to infuse them into a new medium."
Published by Chronicle Books, The 336-page Hardcover edition will retail for $40. Baseman will be at MOCA in Downtown L.A. for a lecture/slideshow and book signing on Saturday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. He will also be signing books at MOCA Store at 2447 Main Street in Santa Monica on Sunday, Aprl 18, at 3 p.m.