It’s always a good day to learn about something, or someone, new and, for me, today, it’s artist, Donald Baechler.
If, like me, you don’t know him and are drawn to the art and sculpture in these images, try clicking across to the Donald Baechler site to find out more.
A great place to start is this interview: Donald Baechler by Robert Kapp in Bomb magazine:
Donald Baechler has amassed a great inventory of worldly images. Recorded on slides and collected in the archives of his enormous Lower Manhattan studio, they are the sources for many of the compelling images in his paintings. The cast of characters, which also includes himself, come from every source imaginable, and are stamped, silk-screened, projected, drawn, painted, printed or collaged onto surfaces. Then the process begins: underpainting, overpainting, canceling, adding, subtracting, editing until the final work emerges.
Baechler was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1956 and came of age as a painter in the early 1980s when he began exhibiting internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.
Not only is Baechler one of the important painters of his generation, he is also thoughtful and articulate in regard to painting history and the contemporary art world…
I found it an interesting read and am off to find a book or two to add to my collection.
Have good day 💋
The image above is: Donald Baechler, Three Tulips, 2011; plywood, plaster and papier-mâché (back); and Untitled (Flowers), 2003-2004; bronze (front); image courtesy the artist and Fisher Landau Center for Art.
All images and rights reserved to the artist.