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Hernan Bas

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Hernan Bas Modern Painters

June 1 2016

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Hernan Bas on Painting Aristocratic, Queer Life in 1920s London Hyperallergic

April 13 2016

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The Lookout: Hernan Bas at Lehmann Maupin Art in America

March 30 2016

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Hernan Bas: Illustrated Answers with Neo-Romantic Painter NeueJournal

March 29 2016

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Bohemia, By Way of the Aristocrats New York Times

March 10 2016

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12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before March 11 New York Observer

March 7 2016

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FIAC 2015 Opens with Strong Sales ARTINFO

October 22 2015

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May 7, 2014

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Spring 2014

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July 10, 2012

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June 19, 2012

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April 11, 2012

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April 10, 2012

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April 4, 2012

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March 22, 2012

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March 16, 2012

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March 16, 2012

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March 13, 2012

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February 29, 2012

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February 29, 2012

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September 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

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May 21, 2009

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May 21, 2009

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May 20, 2009

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May 6, 2009

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May 3, 2009

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April 30, 2009

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April 23, 2009

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April 9, 2009

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March 31, 2009

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February 28, 2009

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February 27, 2009

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February 1, 2009

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January 31, 2009

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January 12, 2009

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March 31, 2008

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March 31, 2008

Art Observed


Art Observed
April 4, 2012

AO on Site – New York: Hernan Bas ‘Occult Contemporary’ at Lehmann Maupin Through April 21, 2012
By R. Willis

Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas’ new show Occult Contemporary is on now at Lehmann Maupin, the exhibition consisting of Bas’ most recent body of work: a group of paintings in various sizes depicting dark, fairytale-like scenes. The name of the show is a reference to “Adult Contemporary,” a term used to describe a category of popular music. The subject of the show itself, as reflected in the title, is inspired by the appearance of the occult in all forms of popular media, including those geared towards children and young adults. Bas displays a strong fascination with the supernatural, his paintings loaded with whimsical imagery.

The artist’s color palette and thickly applied layers of paint compliment the dark-edged, brooding imagery. Each piece has a rich romantic flair, reflective of the artist’s interest in the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods in art and literature. Bas is outspoken about the literary imagery in his paintings and the influence of composer Giuseppe Tartini and poet Baudelaire on his work, and in particular, on this exhibition. There are also a number of Biblical themes and references present; images of the devil constitute a thematic presence throughout this body of work. The title of the painting The Expulsion is a reference to Satan’s fall from Heaven, and the piece comes complete with a visual depiction of the devil falling down through the sky.

Bas’ work has been exhibited in many international solo and group exhibitions including the 2007 retrospective at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, FL, which then traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art the following year. His work was also featured at the 53rd Venice Biennale and in a group show at the Andy Warhol Museum. His recent solo exhibitions include prestigious venues such as the Frederic Snitzer Gallery in Miami and Peter Kilchman in Zurich.