Last week we stopped by the opening of Gary Baseman’s first major museum exhibition “The Door Is Always Open” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The show is broken into rooms, all featuring different aspects of Baseman's life, career, and personal growth.  Photos and more after the jump.

Enter the fantastic world of artist, illustrator, animator, and toy designer Gary Baseman in this first major museum exhibition of his life and work. Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open explores the influences of Baseman’s Jewish family heritage and American popular culture on his exuberant, boundary-defying art.

Baseman’s creative universe comes alive with paintings, photographs, textiles, toys, sketchbooks, and videos presented in a setting that recalls his family home in Los Angeles’ Fairfax district, with furniture and memorabilia from his personal collection. The exhibition includes a vibrant array of Baseman’s illustrations for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, original paintings and sketches for the Emmy Award–winning animated Disney series Teacher’s Pet, and trailblazing artwork for the board game Cranium.

Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open celebrates Baseman’s dynamic vision and inspires visitors to discover the creativity within themselves.

Following are a few images from the opening reception but this is definitely an exhibition you should stop by and experience in person.

-Amy Duran

Gary Baseman
The Door Is Always Open
Skirball Cultural Center
Through August 18 2013