Brad Benedict's Sideshow: 20th Anniversary Edition
Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present Brad Benedict’s Sideshow: 20th Anniversary Edition, which will encompass the entire ground floor of the Art 170 Building, and will feature approximately 6000 square feet of works by 30 diverse artists, including Todd Schorr, Robert Williams and The Pizz. Curator Brad Benedict is the author of Phonographics, Fame and The Blue Book, which revealed the erotic fantasies of such creators as Andy Warhol. Benedict founded Paper Moon Graphics and created the innovative retail store, Heaven: The Supermarket of Pop Culture. He is also a Grammy-nominated music producer, designer and archivist who has worked with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Peggy Lee and Louis Prima. In 1977, Benedict became involved in his first gallery exhibition, which showcased the original album cover art from his book, Phonographics. He went on to curate such influential shows as 100 Unpublished Works by 50 Published Artists, California State University, Northridge (1982); American Pop Culture Images, La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan (1986); and Beyond Illustration: The New Pop, Otis/Parsons College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (1987). Benedict launched his first Sideshow exhibition in 1988, and the shows continued annually through the mid-90s, showcasing a veritable Who's Who of Pop Surrealist, Lowbrow and Underground artists. Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams summarizes Benedict’s Sideshow exhibitions as hosting a "high caliber of both underground and commercial artists headed in a fine art direction. Brad's most major contribution was in the primary assembling of these talents, getting them work and showing them. The effects of this are still being felt."