Born 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Lives and works in New York.
Donald Baechler’s works are declarations in favour of the hybrid. He juxtaposes the abstract and the figurative, the childishly simple and the conceptually sophisticated, graffiti and elements of different styles and genres within 20th century art. The spirit of appropriation lies at the heart of Baechler’s art. He does not hesitate to, in an honest and liberating way, undermine the fine art and highbrow culture status of his own works. Absurd paradoxes are stacked in a playful and naive way, and if anything threatens to become too logical, coherent or believable, it is immediately broken up or painted over. His grisaille paintings and collages consist of several layers of material - washcloths, canvas and pieces of lace, that together constitute a type of archaeological surface with a multilayered character. On the often abstract background, using thick, black brushstrokes, he then paints figurative everyday motives such as flowers, birds, beach balls and trees with an affected clumsiness and a bogus naivety. In this way, Baechler's work develops an ‘aesthetic of simplicity’ which is meant to cast doubt on, and overturn, what he considers to be academic conventions and the affectations of Minimalist and Conceptual Art.
Donald Baechler was born 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He lives and works in New York. He attended the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Kunste, Stadelshule, Frankfurt am Maine, Germany (1979), the Cooper Union, New York (1978) and the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore (1976).
Baechler’s work is represented in the collections of: The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janerio, Brazil; The Albertina Museum, Vienna; Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and The Centre Pompidou, The Musée Nationa d’Art Moderne, Paris.