From the Playful to the Grotesque: Their All Pretty On The Inside

Erik Parker's Brink in Pretty on the Inside at Paul Kasmin Gallery

From the playful to the grotesque, the works in the new group show at Paul Kasmin Gallery opening tonight have one this in common, they’re all pretty on the inside. Pretty on the Inside, organized by Erik Parker and KAWS includes works in a range of media by seven American artists, Todd James, KAWS, Tony Matelli, Erik Parker, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum. Most of the work in the show uses cartoon imagery as a point of departure. Todd James often uses playful cartoon imagery as a way of tackling topics like war, sex, and excess. Kaws’ work brings cartoon imagery into the Superflat-Pop Art realm whereas Joyce Pensato interprets cartoon ¬†imagery with the hand of an Abstract Expressionist.

Peter Saul's Still Life in the Bedroom from Pretty on the Inside at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Joyce Pensato's Mr. MotoMickey in Pretty on the Inside at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Kaws' Ahhhhh... in Pretty on the Inside

Poster for Pretty on the Inside at Paul Kasmin Gallery designed by co-curators Erik Parker and Kaws

Pretty on the Inside is at Paul Kasmin Gallery 293 Tenth Avenue (at 27th Street) from June 23rd – August 19th, 2011

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