Todd Schorr @ San Jose Museum of Art details…

Todd Schorr: American Surreal is the first mid-career retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist. Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California’s cartoon-based movement, which embraces low-brow culture and a ribald graphic style indebted to pop sources such as Mad magazine. Schorr’s astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryden. The exhibition, curated by SJMA’s Senior Scholar and Curator of Collections Susan Landauer, will be accompanied by a new book published by Last Gasp, San Francisco.
The show opens this weekend, but the real event is coming up next month, so plan now to head up to San Jose on Thursday, July 16th. Add’l details to follow soon – but there will be a book signing for Todd’s new book, a panel discussion, live music, Ed Hardy Vodka will be flowing and much more… can’t wait!
Todd Schorr: American Surreal
Thurs, July 16th 7-10PM ($8 cost)
June 20th – September 16th @ The San Jose Museum Of Art
110 S. Market Street in San Jose
http://www.sjmusart.org/

Plan your trip to San Jose for this June now…

Todd Schorr: American Surreal is the first mid-career retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist. Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California’s cartoon-based movement, which embraces low-brow culture and a ribald graphic style indebted to pop sources such as Mad magazine. Schorr’s astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryden. The exhibition, curated by SJMA’s Senior Scholar and Curator of Collections Susan Landauer, will be accompanied by a new book published by Last Gasp, San Francisco.

More on the opening reception and book release to follow soon. In the meantime, watch the short video teaser above and don’t sleep on booking your plans for opening weekend now.

Todd Schorr: American Surreal

June 20th – September 16th @ The San Jose Museum Of Art

http://www.sjmusart.org/

Todd Schorr opening night at Merry Karnowsky…

The opening reception for Todd Schorr‘s ‘The World We Live In’ opened this past Saturday at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery and highlighted four major new works, along with color studies and process drawings for each. There was also a number of new prints available on both canvas and paper, along with all of his past prints, which were framed and on view for all to enjoy.

Many of LA’s art world elite came out to pay their support to Schorr including wife and fellow artist Kathy Staico-Schorr as well as Robert Williams, Tara McPherson, Van Arno, Mark Dean Veca, Brandi Milne, Gary Baseman, Tommy Hollenstein, Bob Dob, Gregg Gibbs, Jason Maloney, Ana Bagayan, Luke Chueh, Thomas Han, and many more. Yep… you read that right, there was indeed a Thomas sighting at this show.
THE massive showstopper – “An Ape Allegory” – $135K and sold!!!
The night was hosted by David Arquette (along with his sister Patricia Arquette) and well known pop surrealism collectors Leonardo DiCaprio and his parents were in attendance as well. There were a number of other ‘stars’ in attendance, but I’d say more ‘B’ level TV types… the ones you recognize, but couldn’t name if you had a gun to your head type.

It was a paparazzi fest to say the least, with many of LA’s brightest out to support. Sadly, I didn’t get in touch prior to the opening to get a ‘press pass’, so I was only able to snap off a couple shots. Honestly didn’t think it would be an issue, considering we’ve been covering Merry’s shows for five years now here on Sour Harvest, but alas, when stars and their fragile egos get involved, all has to be cleared and such in advance. Go figure.
Be sure to check out Arrested Motion for more great coverage and add’l pictures here.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Fri, March 27th 5-10PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
New works from 2H
www.theroningallery.com

Sat, March 28th 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Cannibal Flower
NEW location: 2323 East Olympic Blvd in downtown Los Angeles
With featured artist Rebecca Hahn and beats curated by Mr. NumberOnederful & X-Point and live painting / art / music / dancing / performance art + a huge group show – check site for full details – don’t miss it!
(One-night only special event)
www.cannibalflower.com

Sat, March 28th 7PM-2AM ($10 admission)
Constant Elevation Group Show / Live Art / Live Beats / Drinks
929 E. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles
Some of today’s illest graff artists, beat makers, photographers, illustrators, DJ’s, live painters and more – loft party style event in lil’ Tokyo (18 and over only)

Sat, March 28th
Corey Helford Gallery (Special Event Space)
Special Event Location: 6086 Comey Street (off Venice / near LaBrea) / 310.287.2340
“Venice” featuring new photographic works from Chris Anthony
(On view through April 18th)
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 5-7PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.453.9191
“The Outer World” from Tobias Waite + “November’s Ghosts” from Peter Halasz
(On view through April 25th)
www.richardhellergallery.com

Sat, March 28th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)
www.mkgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“American Realities” featuring new works from Clare Rojas, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Lydia Fong (aka Robert Pimple, aka Barry McGee)
www.newimageartgallery.com

Sat, March 28th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
The Illustration West 47 Exhibition presented by the Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA)
(On view through April 3rd)
www.gallerynucleus.com

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
Tropico de Nopal
1665 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles / 213.481.8112
“Dibujos: Emergency Landing” drawing group show featuring works from a vast array of artists including Shizu Saldamando, Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Edity Abeyta, Charles Glaubitz, Vincent Valdez, and many more
(On view through April 25th)
www.tropicodenopal.com

Todd Schorr this Saturday at Merry Karnowsky…

Todd Schorr

‘The World We Live In’
Opening Reception: Sat, March 28th 8-11PM
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
Schorr’s astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryden. This is his first solo show in many years, and we couldn’t be more amped to see the new works in person this Saturday.
Check out a great interview that Arrested Motion did with Schorr here.
The good folks over at Arrested Motion and Modus Films also just posted a great lil’ teaser video. Check it out below.

If that wasn’t enough, mark your calendars now… we first posted this months ago, but here’s a reminder to make plans now to head north to San Jose for Schorr’s big 25-year retrospective exhibit that will open on June 27th at the San Jose Museum Of Art. His new book, American Surreal, will be released in conjunction with his retrospective in San Jose. More on both as we get closer…
Whatever you do, do not miss this show!!!

Todd Schorr returns to Los Angeles on March 28th…

TODD SCHORR The World We Live In

March 28 – April 18, 2009 @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new works by renowned American artist Todd Schorr. One of the most prominent pop surrealist painters working today, Schorr uses the exacting techniques of the old masters to paint colorful cartoon characters, corporate mascots and other pop culture icons in a unique style he calls “cartoon realism.”
In 2008 Schorr’s work was shown at the Laguna Art Museum as part of “In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz School,” and a solo retrospective exhibition will be held at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2009.
His new book, American Surreal, will be released in 2009.