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Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). The Blue Line, 2005–06. Acrylic, gouache, water-based oil, and collage on paper. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

<p>Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). <i>The Blue Line</i>, 2005–06. Acrylic, gouache, water-based oil, and collage on paper. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami</p>

Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). The Blue Line, 2005–06. Acrylic, gouache, water-based oil, and collage on paper. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

<p>Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). <i>Night Fishing</i>, 2007. Mixed media on linen over panel. Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, and Howard Wolfson, 2007.33. © Hernan Bas</p>

Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). Night Fishing, 2007. Mixed media on linen over panel. Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, and Howard Wolfson, 2007.33. © Hernan Bas

<p>Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). <i>The Burden (I Shall Leave No Memoirs)</i>, 2006. From the series <i>Dandies, Pansies and Prudes</i>. Acrylic and gouache on linen. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami</p>

Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). The Burden (I Shall Leave No Memoirs), 2006. From the series Dandies, Pansies and Prudes. Acrylic and gouache on linen. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

<p>Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). <i>The Great Barrier Wreath</i>, 2006. From the series <i>The Great Barrier Wreath</i>. Acrylic, gouache, and oil pastel on linen over three panels. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami</p>

Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). The Great Barrier Wreath, 2006. From the series The Great Barrier Wreath. Acrylic, gouache, and oil pastel on linen over three panels. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

<p>Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). <i>Mystery of the Hollow Oak</i>, 2001. From the series <i>It’s Super Natural</i>. Water-based oil on paper. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami</p>

Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978). Mystery of the Hollow Oak, 2001. From the series It’s Super Natural. Water-based oil on paper. The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection

February 27–May 24, 2009

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection includes thirty-eight works in various media by the young Miami-based artist that were collected over the past ten years by the Rubell family. Born in 1978 and a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Bas has become one of South Florida’s most celebrated artists. His work, which incorporates romantic and classical imagery, finds inspiration in youth and Goth culture, fashion layouts, and books, among them the Hardy Boys series, as well as the work of Wilde, Huysmans, and other writers of the Aesthetic and Decadent period of literature reimagined from the perspective of a young gay artist. At the center of the exhibition is a specially commissioned, grand-scale video and sculpture installation, Ocean’s Symphony, a sumptuous tribute to the myth of the mermaid.

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection was organized by Mark Coetzee, former Director of the Rubell Family Collection; the Brooklyn Museum presentation is coordinated by Charles Desmarais, Deputy Director for Art. The exhibition is made possible by the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund.

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