Tom Baril  (American, 1952) 

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Tom Baril (American, b.1952) is one of the nation's leading photographic artists and is known for his unique approach to portraying common objects, such as flowers. Baril was born in Connecticut in 1952 and studied photography at New York's School of Visual Arts, graduating with a BA in 1980. Early in his career, Baril was the printmaker for famed artist Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989), but he eventually broke out on his own, and purposely distanced himself from Mapplethorpe's work and style to make a name for himself.

Baril is known for his expert work with 4x5 Polaroid pinhole and 8x10 collodion wet-plate photography. His talent lies in photographing commonplace items and scenes and portraying them in a way that goes beyond the surface. Baril's photographs of sea shells, tulips, bridges, and other architecture capture the beauty, savagery, and sadness of nature. His photos have been featured in two monographs as well as two books, Tom Baril in 1997, and Botanica in 1999. His work has been featured in many publications and collections at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. Baril is known for collections such as 10 Flowers, Gum, and DC Portfolio. Baril's early work was rarely exhibited publicly and is primarily known through The American Diner and A Sense of Place. His diner photographs are stark representations of how America once depended on its highways. Many of the diners were shining examples of modern architecture that later fell into disrepair. Both sets of his early work were created between 1977 and 1986, when he was still learning the craft and traveling the U.S.

While distancing himself from Mapplethorpe's work, Baril has continued to print for the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. His technique goes far beyond simple photography and extends into the darkroom. Baril is considered a master of film development using techniques such as applying selenium to prints and placing them in black tea to create a gold patina. Baril lives and works in New York, NY.

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Tom Baril, Solarized Lilies

 

Tom Baril
Solarized Lilies
1996

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Two Callas

 

Tom Baril
Two Callas
2002

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Eagle Cliff Falls #2

 

Tom Baril
Eagle Cliff Falls #2
2001

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Flying Point #2

 

Tom Baril
Flying Point #2
1997

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Lumahai Beach #2

 

Tom Baril
Lumahai Beach #2
1997

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Two Calla Lilies (Daylight)

 

Tom Baril
Two Calla Lilies (Daylight)
2002

Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.
Tom Baril, Milo Mills Falls

 

Tom Baril
Milo Mills Falls
2001

Robert Koch Gallery
Tom Baril, Smoke Stacks, Brooklyn, NY

 

Tom Baril
Smoke Stacks, Brooklyn, NY
1985

Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.
Tom Baril, Midway Diner, Staten Island

 

Tom Baril
Midway Diner, Staten Island
1982

Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.
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Tom Baril, New York (Portfolio of 10 works)

 

Tom Baril
New York (Portfolio of 10 works), 2001
photogravures

 

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Tom Baril, Riis Park

 

Tom Baril
Riis Park, 1995
toned gelatin silver print, mntd

 

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Tom Baril, Red Pear

 

Tom Baril
Red Pear, 2004
gelatin silver print, mntd

 

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1952   Born in Putnam, Connecticut
1979   BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1979   Began working for Robert Mapplethorpe
  Lives and works in New York
  Collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Smith College, Northampton, MA; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Vereins Und Westbank AG, Hamburg, Germany; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City; Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA; Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ; Alan Seigel Collection; Elton John Collection; Ralph Lauren Collection; Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, MO
2005   Metropolis Gallery, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2005   The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC (solo)
2004   FotoFest, Houston, TX
2003   Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2002   Jolla, CAThe Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MODavis Keil Gallery, Naples, FL (solo)
2002   “What Were You Thinking?,” Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002   Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001   Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
2001   Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PABonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC (solo)
2000   Carla Sozanni Gallery, Milan, ItalyRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MAFahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2000   The Ralls Collection, Inc. Washington, DC
2000   Works on Paper Philadelphia, PA
2000   Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CAThe Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.Winston Wachtner Fine Art, Seattle, WA (solo)
2000   Five Years, Candace Perich Gallery
2000   Wall Street, Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York, NY
1999   Sea Change - The Seascape in Contemporary Photography, International Center of Photography New York, NY
1999   Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1999   Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago, IL (solo)
1999   Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999   Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
1998   Verso Gallery Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1998   Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
1998   Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID (solo)
1998   International Center of Photography New York, NY
1998   Waterproof, Parquet Expo '98 Lisbon, Portugal
1997   “Gallery Artists 1997,” Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997   Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1997   “Flowers,” Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Allene LaPides Gallery Santa Fe, NM (solo)
1996   Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago, IL (solo)
1996   John Cleary Gallery Houston, TX (solo)
1996   Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1996   Jane Jackson Gallery Atlanta, GA
1996   “Recent Acquisitions,” Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
1996   Karen McCready Gallery, New York, NY
1996   Hamilton's Gallery, London, England
1995   Robert Klein Gallery Boston, MA (solo)
1995   Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1995   From New York to L.A., Society for Contemporary Photography Kansas City, KS
1995   Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco, CA
1994   The Ralls Collection Washington, D.C.
1994   Staley Wise Gallery New York, NY
1992   River Run Gallery Ketchum, ID
1989   ArtLink Wayne, IN
1989   Long Island University Brooklyn, NY
1988   Ledel Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1988   Drew University Madison, NJ (solo)
1988   Little-John Smith Gallery, New York, NY
1987   Center for Metropolitan Studies, Univ. of Missouri St. Louis, MO (solo)
1987   Santa Cruz Operations Santa Cruz, CA (solo)
1987   Photo Collect Gallery, New York, NY
1986   Albrecht Art Museum St. Joseph, MO (solo)
1985   Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
1984   Ledel Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1982   City Gallery, New York Cultural Center, New York, NY
2000    Tom Baril: Botanica, Arena Editions
1996    Tom Baril, 4AD