by Gary Baseman
Dying of Thirst catalogs Gary Baseman's solo show, "I Melt in Your Presence," at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Baseman's paintings reflect an oozing, sexual frenzy and dripping, cream-filled energy. This full-color, large-format, hardcover collector's edition features beautiful reproductions of Baseman's artwork. It includes nude studies in mixed media, and paintings such as Dripping With Desire, The Hills of Creamy Goodness, Dying of Thirst, The Battle for Independence and Creamy Fulfillment, In the Presence of True Desire, The Goodness of Creamy Wonderment, The Battlefield of Glory and Desire, and Madonna and the Chou Chou. Named "One of the 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Baseman blurs the line between toy culture and fine art with his strong iconic images, both playful and dark, childlike and adult, id-driven and thought-provoking.