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    Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection

    • Dates: February 27, 2009 through May 24, 2009
    • Collections: Contemporary Art
    • Location: This exhibition is no longer on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
    • Description: Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection. [02/27/2009-05/24/2009]. Installation view.
    • Citation: Brooklyn Museum. Digital Collections and Services (DIG_E_2009_Bas)
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    • Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection
      A graduate of New World School of the Ar ts, Hernan Bas (b. Miami, 1978) has gone on to become one of Miami’s most celebrated artists. His work engages in the production of romantic, melancholic, and old world imagery, and makes reference to Oscar Wilde, Joris-Karl Huysmans, and other writers of the Aesthetic and Decadent period in nineteenth-century literature. This exhibition includes thirty-eight works collected by the Rubell family over the course of a decade and represents each series that Bas has completed to date, such as Slim Fast, Hernan’s Merit and the Nouveau Sissies, It’s Super Natural, and A Little Moby Dick in All of Us. Designed like the chapters of a book, the exhibition presents the development of this young artist in a manner that allows for symbolic, literal, and poetic readings.

      Bound in the works’ romantic story telling, art historical references, and grand gestures is a strong sense of humanity. Of humanism. Of real stories told of real boys with deeply held feelings. Bas expresses his experience, his history, his desires, his world, and his place in that world right now—both as an artist and as an individual.

      Mark Coetzee
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