8-color silkscreen, 16” x 14.5”. Courtesy: James Cohan Gallery.
NEW YORK, NY.- In a brand-new Limited Edition to benefit Prospect New Orleans, acclaimed New York artist Fred Tomaselli has taken as his starting point one of the most harrowing post-Katrina media images. On the front page of the New York Times for Wednesday, August 31, 2005, readers saw the first printed images of the city engulfed by waters, and Tomaselli has astutely captured the sense of unreality and dislocation still associated with this image in the popular imagination. A full day following the hurricane’s pounding of the region, and when most of the world (including New Orleans itself) believed the city had been spared the worst, the levee system had unexpectedly failed in multiple locations, rapidly submerging eighty percent of the city in toxic waters for nearly three full weeks.