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Fred Tomaselli, Mar. 4, 2014, gouache on ink-jet print, 10 1/2 × 11 3/4". From the series “The Times,” 2005–.

Fred Tomaselli

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Fred Tomaselli, Mar. 4, 2014, gouache on ink-jet print, 10 1/2 × 11 3/4". From the series “The Times,” 2005–.

If reading the news these days just makes you want to get away from it all, then Fred Tomaselli’s hallucinatory alterations to front pages of the New York Times promise to offer at least a temporary fix. Painted and collaged directly onto the page or an enlarged, digitally generated facsimile of it, his manipulated illustrations transport you from the Gray Lady’s sober reporting to a more enhanced, dreamlike, and, in many instances, more enchanting place where typical journalism has been radically reenvisioned: Villains are ridiculed (e.g., Donald Trump and Mitt Romney ensnared together in one larval structure [Mar. 4, 2016], or Vladimir Putin stuck in a nude woman’s body amid an army of balaclava-wearing Pussy Rioters [Mar. 4, 2014]). Victims are shielded from voyeurs (as in a work in which a mourning woman’s face is covered by flowers sprouting from her folded hands [Wednesday,

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