Pop-up Retrospective of Bill Barminski at Castelli Art Space

The influential and prolific artist Bill Barminski has an upcoming pop-up career retrospective curated by his friend and film editor Scott Arundale at Castelli Art Space for only two nights. The one-of-a-kind show will exhibit the artist’s work spanning the last 30 years on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A little over 30 years ago, Arundale bought Barminski his first canvas and encouraged him to put together a solo show. This launched Barminski into the spotlight of the burgeoning LA art scene. Arundale also produced Barminski’s first few gallery shows, and the two later collaborated on Baz Lurhmann’s “Sunscreen” video.

The retrospective will feature over two dozen paintings by Barminski from various stages of his career. The primary focus will be on the mid-80s and 2000s. The exhibit will also feature a never-before-seen large bronze sculpture.

Barminski, who fleshed out his comic book character, Tex Hitler, in the old DTLA Art District back in the 80’s began to dramatically expand his work during the 90’s into lots of new artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, animation, music and video. He went on to create one of the largest and most expensive billboards ever commissioned with “ABSOLUTE BAR MIN SKI” on Sunset Blvd. In 1999 he collaborated with director Baz Lurhmann to create the music video for the “Sunscreen” Song.

In 2007 Barminski teamed up with Chris Louie to form a creative company called Walter Robot. Barminski began directing music videos in partnership with Louie for Death Cab for Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Hodgy Beats, Ben Lovett, Kid Cudi, People in Planes, Rob Thomas and many more.

Barminski has raised the bar of our culture’s visual style in nearly every medium for over 30 years. Not bad for an art school dropout. The result of such excellence creativity finds Barminski now teaching digital media at UCLA and continuing his creative direction.

Bill Barminski Retrospective
Note: On view for only two-nights
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Castelli Art Space
5428 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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