“In The Nursery”

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“In The Nursery”
Curated by: Jan Corey, Bruce Helford

8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
January 29th, 2011 - February 9th, 2011
Opening: January 29th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tues-Sat 12-6
photography, mixed-media, digital, graffiti/street-art, surrealism, figurative, sculpture


Corey Helford Gallery presents a major group exhibition

A contemporary interpretation of classic American nursery art

Opening Reception Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 7‑10pm
On View January 29 - February 9, 2011

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard           
Culver City, CA  90232               
T: 310-287-2340      
Open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm

On January 29th, Corey Helford Gallery will unveil “In The Nursery”, its first major group exhibition of 2011. Following in the tradition of CHG’s renowned Bristol Museum exhibition, “Art From The New World” in 2010 and the star-studded paint-by-numbers exhibition in 2007, “Charity By Numbers”, this unique new group show continues the exploration and re-interpretation of Americana by twenty-six internationally acclaimed artists. The line-up features stellar new work by artists from the Street Art and New Fine Art Movements, including Aiko (formerly of FAILE), Shawn Barber, Ray Caesar, Sas and Colin Christian, Eine, Paul Frank, HUSH, Sage Vaughn, Michael Mararian and many more.

“In The Nursery” is a contemporary re-imagining of the lost art form of paintings and sculptures for children’s rooms and nurseries. Long before anime and Muppet posters, a number of noted artists concerned themselves with creating work for the one room of the household not usually decorated with fine art - the nursery. Frances Hook, who created the children’s portraits for the Northern Tissue labels in the 1950’s, and Margaret Keane, famous for her her wide-eyed animals and children, both created memorable and highly collectable works for children’s bed and play rooms. Prints taken from famous illustrated children’s books, such as Milne’s “Winnie The Pooh” and Jean de Brunhoff’s “Babar the Elephant”, and the beautifully detailed works of Edmund Dulac, Gustaf Tenggren and Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) also filled the nursery walls with the work of classically trained illustrators and artists.

Now, in a time when innocence is challenged and contemporary parents’ taste in art has significantly changed, “In The Nursery” examines the themes and styles of nursery and children’s art, both bitter and sweet. The works range from Ray Caesar’s exquisite digital painting in neutrals and rich chocolate browns capturing a young Victorianesque mother gazing adoringly at her very unusual baby in its carriage to street artist Aiko’s kaleidoscopic stenciled imagery of flowers, astronauts, Hello Kitty and spray cans surrounding a traditional Japanese woman.

Participating artists include:
Chris Anthony
Tom Bagshaw
Shawn Barber
Scott G. Brooks
Ray Caesar
Sas & Colin Christian
Korin Faught
Sarah Folkman
Paul Frank
Harma Heikins
Anita Kunz
Michael Mararian
Liz McGrath
Brandi Milne
Billy Norrby
Natalie Shau
Brendan Sharkey
Mike Stilkey
David Stoupakis
Sage Vaughn
Nick Walker
Martin Wittfooth
Chet Zar

The reception for “In The Nursery” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, January 29 from 7 to 10pm. The show will be on view until February 9, 2011.