Nightmare and the Cat + Gary Baseman

The LA-based band taps the beloved contemporary artist to put his mark on their forthcoming album, Simple

When artist Gary Baseman was asked to collaborate on the album cover art for the band Nightmare and the Cat, he did more than art direct the band’s photo shoot, captured within his interactive museum exhibition “The Door is Always Open” at the Skirball Cultural Center. In fact, since Baseman met the band in 2010, they have been part of each other’s work in a …

Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open

The artist’s family heritage and childhood home inspire an interactive retrospective complete with custom wallpaper

Gary Baseman fills his world with a recurring cavalcade of characters. His constant companion Toby, the adorable ChouChou and creatures large and small fill forests, gardens and shrines and seemingly float through air. But the whimsy and fantasy can have a dark edge, depicting dramatic escapes and scores of bloody, fanged monsters exploring everything from dreams and nightmares to sexuality and religion. Now Baseman’s prolific …