Donald Baechler, ‘Untitled’, 1996, Doyle
Donald Baechler, ‘Untitled’, 1996, Doyle

Framed: 11 x 9 inches.

This is from a series of 100 unique collages originally created to benefit ACRIA.

This untitled collage from 1996 is indicative of his collages, even at reduced scale. The connect-the-dots image typifies his found object/Art Brut sensibilities, while the random swatches of color and fortune cookie messages speak to his unique notions of abstraction. —Courtesy of Doyle

Signature: Signed DB, dated 96 and numbered #96 on the reverse

Unframed: Artists Respond to AIDS, New York, ACRIA, 2002, p. 31, color illus.

ACRIA, New York

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