The Albert Merola Gallery is happy to announce the opening of an exhibition of new work by Richard Baker. Titled 2017, this exhibition features a group of Baker’s portraits of dystopian paperback books, adding yet another chapter to his ongoing series of book portraits. Resonating with such force in our current times, for many of us these are the touchstones of our political and social awakening. Books such as 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, and others, exposed the horrors and hypocrisies of the powers that be. The control of big government and societal ‘norms’ could rob us of our souls and identities. They speak to us now louder than ever. And yet, by depicting a well-worn, much handled and loved paperback, Baker adds an element of tenderness to these objects.
Richard Baker has been represented by our gallery since 1992. He has had over 20 one person shows with us. Born in Baltimore, he was educated at the Maryland Institute, College of Art; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a two term Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. He is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and his work is in many private and public collections. He currently lives and works in New York.