Donald Baechler  (American, 1956) 

Donald Baechler (American, b.1956) is a celebrated and internationally recognized Contemporary artist. His work is usually rendered in a style that combines both innocence and sophistication. He was born in Hartford, CT, as the second child to Quaker parents. By the age of five, he had developed an interest for drawing and painting. His artistic talent was largely influenced by visits to the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT, and by works by famous artists such as the Pop artist Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Baechler received his formal education in Art at the College of Art, Maryland Institute in Baltimore, MD, from 1974 to 1977, and later at Cooper Union, New York, NY. In 1978, he enrolled in a two-year course at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Baechler returned to the United States at a time when the Neo-Expressionist movement was gaining popularity among American artists. He became a major luminary of this movement along with other Neo-Expressionist artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988). Baechler’s method involved the use of vivid, exuberant colors to create energetic images. He greatly contributed to the movement by incorporating Pop imagery, symbols, and commercial icons into his works. By the early 1980s, the artist had come of age as a Neo-Expressionist painter. Most of his worldly images are recorded on slides; this wide collection of compelling paintings and graphic works can be viewed at his studio in lower Manhattan. His work has been featured in group exhibitions such as “Notable Henchman” at the Kurnatowski Gallery in New York in 2011.

Some of Baechler’s recent solo exhibitions include the Donald Baechler: Painting and Sculpture display in 2012 at Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, NY, the Sculptures and Paintings exhibition at the McClain Gallery in Houston, TX, in 2011, and the Recent Works exhibition at the Studio d'Arte Raffaelli in Trento, Italy. His works can also be viewed at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. Baechler lives close to his studio in New York City.

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Donald Baechler, Apple Face


Donald Baechler
Apple Face

Compagnia dell'Arte
Donald Baechler, Self Portrait


Donald Baechler
Self Portrait

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
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Donald Baechler, Flower Studies III


Donald Baechler
Flower Studies III

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Donald Baechler, Flower Studies II


Donald Baechler
Flower Studies II

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Donald Baechler, Flowers in a Vase


Donald Baechler
Flowers in a Vase

Artspace II
Donald Baechler, Untitled (Camelia 2 leaves)


Donald Baechler
Untitled (Camelia 2 leaves)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Donald Baechler, A Lesson in Listening


Donald Baechler
A Lesson in Listening

Maruani & Mercier Gallery
Donald Baechler, Crowd


Donald Baechler

Baron Boisante Editions
Donald Baechler, Ice Cream Cone


Donald Baechler
Ice Cream Cone

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Donald Baechler, Untitled


Donald Baechler
Untitled, 1984
acrylic and paper collage on card


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Donald Baechler, Abstract Painting with Clown


Donald Baechler
Abstract Painting with Clown, 1987
acrylic and fabric collage on canvas


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Donald Baechler, Money Bag


Donald Baechler
Money Bag, 2010
acrylic and collage on canvas


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1956   Born in Hartford, CT
1974 - 1977   Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1977 - 1978   Cooper Union, New York, NY
1978 - 1979   Staatliche Hochschule fur bildende Kunste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2012 - 2013   Crowd (For Bill T. Jones), New York Live Arts, New York
2011 - 2012   Fisher Landau Center for Art, New York, NY
2011   Sculptures & Paintings, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2010   New Work, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2009   New Works, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Donald Baechler: Recent Paintings and Collages, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
I Wonder if I Can Write a Poem Tonight, Galleria in Arco, Torino, Italy (solo)
2008   New Bronze Sculptures, Editions Department, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Clinch/Cross/Cut - Team 404 & John Armleder, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
Full House - Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Switzerland
2007   Four Friends, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
Exitus. Tod Alltaglich, Kunstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Strange Weight, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Ciasa de ra Regoles – Museo Rimoldi, in collaboration with Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (solo)
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Busy Going Crazy: Collection Sylvio Perlstein, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2005   Figur Skulptur, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Kunst Meran, Merano, Italy (solo)
2004   Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy (solo)
Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Pop Art & Minimalismus, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Visions of America, Sammlung Essl., Vienna, Austria
2003   Painting Lesson, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
Pictura Magistra Vitae, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy
Hamiltons Gallery, London, England (solo)
Galleria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
Gallery Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Good News, Galleria Cardi & Co., Milan, Italy
Keine Kleinigkeit, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland
Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
John Berggruen, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, San Marino, Italy
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Principal & Auxilliary Functions: Some recent Pictures, Galleria di via Eugippo, San Marino, Italy (solo)
2001   Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Five Easy Pieces, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Jan Wagner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Some of My Subjects, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (solo)
2000   Donald Baechler: New Paintings, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY (solo)
Buildings and Other New Paintings, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Recent Editions, Pace/Prints, New York, NY (solo)
Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
Painting, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
And Away We Go, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Off White, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Drawings & Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Pat Hearn Gallery: Part One (1983-1987), Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY
1999   Thomas Chon, São Paulo, Brazil
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Greenberg Van Doren, St. Louis, MO
Velge & Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Bernd Klueser, Munich, Germany
Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
1998   Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY
Galeria 56, Budapest, Hungary
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
1997   Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Harley Baldwin, Aspen, CO
Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Paul Kasmin, New York, NY
Galleria Milleventi, Milan, Italy
1996   Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain
Works on Paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Group Show, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
Picasso: A Contemporary Dialogue, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Autsria
1995   Emblems and Contours, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
Black Flowers, Bernd Klueser, Munich, Germany
Donald Baechler: Fish & Wildlife, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen CO
Donald Baechler: Selected Early Paintings, Tony Shafrazi, New York, NY
1994   Donald Baechler: Drawings, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
  Centre George Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
  Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY