Donald Baechler, ‘Flower (from Fuer die Pinakothek der Moderne portfolio)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Donald Baechler, ‘Flower (from Fuer die Pinakothek der Moderne portfolio)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Donald Baechler, ‘Flower (from Fuer die Pinakothek der Moderne portfolio)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Donald Baechler, ‘Flower (from Fuer die Pinakothek der Moderne portfolio)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery

This screenprint with collage by Donald Baechler is especially uncommon stateside, as it was part of a portfolio commissioned by the Pinakothek Museum in Munich, Germany. It combines the frantic collage of various childhood paraphernalia in the background with the simplified form of the flower in the foreground. Emphasizing pattern and texture, Baechler creates a youthful image that reflects the influence of folk and outsider art. The fortune cookie message adjacent to the young girl's bust reads "You will do well to expand your business." This is a rare Trial Proof (TP) aside from the regular edition of 98. It is also, exceptionally, accompanied by a copy of a note from Donald Baechler confirming the authenticity and authorship of this work. It is also elegantly framed in a handsome blond wood museum frame with UV plexiglass, and ready to hang.

Donald Baechler (American, b. 1956) is an artist who studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Cooper Union, and Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Baechler returned to New York City from Germany in 1980, exhibiting his art at such venues as Artists Space and the Drawing Center. Tony Shafrazi, who represented such luminaries as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, took an interest in Baechler’s graffiti-esque works. Baechler has long experimented with a variety of forms and materials, always maintaining what has been dubbed his "gee-whiz approach,” a bashful, accidental creation of art.

Signature: Signed, Dated and Annotated "TP" on the recto; accompanied by a a copy of a note from Donald Baechler confirming this work is by him.

Accompanied by a a copy of a note from Donald Baechler to the original owner confirming this work is by him.

About Donald Baechler

Donald Baechler, a member of the East Village art scene in 1980s New York, is known for his painting-collage-drawing works depicting of childhood imagery and nostalgic ephemera like grammar school primers, old maps, and children’s drawings, or purposely cliché motifs such as a skull, a rose, a globe, and a soccer ball. Although critics have suggested that Baechler’s work, reminiscent of Jean Dubuffet, is a critique of innocence and sincerity, Baechler sees himself as an abstract artist whose concerns are primarily formal, rooted in line, shape, color, and composition. A 2011 solo exhibition included bronze sculptures based on childlike silhouettes of flowers as well as numerous faux-naïf black-and-white flower paintings. Baechler is often associated with other East Village artists, including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf.

American, b. 1956, Hartford, Connecticut