Jo Baer

American, born 1929

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Jo Baer

American, born 1929

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Over the course of her long, bold, and celebrated career, Jo Baer has ranged from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism to what she calls “radical figuration” in her paintings, prints, and drawings. She emerged in New York in the 1960s as one of the foremost Minimalist painters. For nearly 15 years, she produced light squares edged with thin bands of color, edged, in turn, with thick black bands. The light interior and black exterior framed the color, drawing out its subtle, electric resonance. In 1975, she abandoned Minimalism, left New York, and re-introduced expression, figuration, and symbolism into her work. She explained her position in a 1983 Art in America article titled, “I Am No Longer an Abstract Artist.” Encapsulating her career, Baer explains: “I didn’t want to do what was expected of me: I wanted to do the right thing.”

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Over the course of her long, bold, and celebrated career, Jo Baer has ranged from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism to what she calls “radical figuration” in her paintings, prints, and drawings. She emerged in New York in the 1960s as one of the foremost Minimalist painters. For nearly 15 years, she produced light squares edged with thin bands of color, edged, in turn, with thick black bands. The light interior and black exterior framed the color, drawing out its subtle, electric resonance. In 1975, she abandoned Minimalism, left New York, and re-introduced expression, figuration, and symbolism into her work. She explained her position in a 1983 Art in America article titled, “I Am No Longer an Abstract Artist.” Encapsulating her career, Baer explains: “I didn’t want to do what was expected of me: I wanted to do the right thing.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
user
Solo show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 2 more
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jo Baer
11 Female Minimalists You Should Know
Sep 2nd, 2016
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