Jo Baer

Jo Baer: The Minimalist Years

September 12, 2002 - June 15, 2003

<p>Jo Baer. <i>The Minimalist Years</i>, 1960-1975. Photo: Bill Jacobson.</p>

Jo Baer. The Minimalist Years, 1960-1975. Photo: Bill Jacobson.


The Minimalist Years, 1960-1975, an exhibition of works by American artist Jo Baer, brings together some twenty paintings and a number of drawings and prints produced in the years she lived in New York City. The exhibition includes a number of Baer's early works, which address the relations of pictorial edge and field and of color and composition, plus more experimental works from the mid-seventies, which explore questions of flatness versus volume, frontality versus multiple vantage points, and objecthood versus illusion.


Artist Biography

Born in 1929 in Seattle, Jo Baer majored in biology at the University of Washington between 1946 and 1949. She then undertook graduate work in physiological psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York, before moving in 1953 to Los Angeles, where she began her artistic career. Following her return to New York in 1960, she created her first mature work in 1962. Included in key exhibitions launching Minimal art in the early sixties, she began showing widely after her first solo show at the Fischbach Gallery in New York in 1966. In 1975 a midcareer retrospective was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, after which she immigrated to Ireland. Since 1983, she has lived and worked in Amsterdam. In 1999, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a major retrospective of her work.

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