Donald Baechler - Under the Influence New York Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Cheim & Read, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    "One reason I build my surfaces up is because I don’t really want to know what the line is going to do. I want this built-in fracture; when I drag the brush along the canvas I don’t want it to be a smooth, easy voyage—I want some problems along the way… For me this is a critical method that builds up a history, or this illusion of history in a painting. It’s much more interesting to have the line go astray, and to corral it back into place."

    Donald Baechler quoted in: D. Kapp, "Donald Baechler", BOMB, Summer 2000

  • Artist Biography

    Donald Baechler

    American • 1956

    Known for his "gee-whiz approach" to painting, in particular folksy renderings of faces and flowers, Donald Baechler became internationally known in the early 1980s at a time when his peers, like Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat were making the Downtown 500 a legendary New York phenomenon. Baechler, however, painted a different tune. Highly influenced by Cy Twombly and painting pioneer Giotto, Baechler instilled his figurative explorations with at once a seriousness and an absurdity that gets at the deeper aspects of humanity.

    With works in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and labelled one of the most important painters of his generation, Baechler maintains a market accessible for almost all level of collectors. 

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Life After Cotton

acrylic and fabric collage on canvas
60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "DB 2003 Life After Cotton Baechler" on the reverse.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,000

Under the Influence

20 September 2012
New York