ドナルド・バチェラー 1956-2022。R.I.P. Donald Baechler passed away at 65. R.I.P.
I am deeply saddened by the passing April 4 of artist Donald Baechler, at the age of 65. An emblematic voice of New York’s downtown scene, he will be sorely missed. Let’s see, if a Japanese art dealer will organise a retro-show. NARA Yoshitomo 奈良美智 may have been strongly influenced by his art practice. Check:
Yoshitomo und ich 美智と僕
Baechler found his artistic “liberation” in Frankfurt, Germany. NARA in close-by Düsseldorf.
Please read yesterday’s article by Alex Greenberger.
Donald Baechler, Maker of Pared-Down Paintings That Brought Him Fame in ’80s New York, Dies at 65
“Baechler’s work is currently held by an array of institutions, among them MoMA, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His art figured in the 1989 Whitney Biennial and the 1987 Bienal de São Paulo. Important private collectors, including Eli Broad and Peter Brant, are known to have bought Baechler’s work.”
up-date, read this old text from artforum:
Baechler first attracted attention in the early 1980s as a member of the East Village phenomenon, a manifestation much influenced by contemporaraneous German developments. Indeed, he participated in the neo-expressionist/Neue Wilde transatlantic exchange more directly than many of his peers, studying at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, in 1978 and 1979.
The painting’s ambiguity suggests the younger artist’s encounter with, say, David Salle’s scavenged array of rootless images typical of the day’s postmodern rejection of explicit meaning.
This impressive exhibition is crowned by a broad selection of large-scale, sculptural still lifes portraying flowers and leaves of touching simplicity. Some are plywood silhouettes at which plaster and papier-mâché have been tossed, the result being an effect oddly reminiscent of sculpture by Cy Twombly. (Or at least their method of creation brings Twombly to mind.) Others are cast in bronze, conjuring heroic floral gingerbread cookies. Yum.