Jo Baer


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Rare Jo Baer catalogue from 1975, published to accompany a major mid-career retrospective of Jo Baer’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 1-July 13, 1975. Features colour and black and white reproductions of many of Baer’s work, along with text by Barbara Haskell.

Jo Baer was born in Seattle, Washington in 1929. After completing graduate work in psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, she began her career as an artist in Los Angeles in 1953. Seven years later, she returned to New York where she became a key participant in the Minimalist art movement. Her paintings were included with works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, and Sol Lewitt in many of the first Minimalist art exhibitions in New York in the early 1960s.

Her unswerving commitment to painting as a radical art form brought her a one-person exhibition as early as 1966 at the Fischbach Gallery in New York. In 1975, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York held a mid-career retrospective of her work. In 1999, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam exhibited a large retrospective of her work. Recently the DIA Center for the Arts in New York also held a major exhibition of over 25 minimalist paintings and prints that she completed from 1960 to 1975.

In search of a more substantive art, Baer exiled herself from the New York art world with a move to Ireland in 1975. By 1983, she took a stance against abstract art as an avant-garde form with a polemical article in Art in America. Since 1984, she has lived and worked in Amsterdam. Baer continues to develop the formal content of her paintings in a quasi-figurative manner that she considers radical figuration — without pre-eminence of image or space.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (general light tanning and wear to covers) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.


Jo Baer (1975)
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