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Jo Baer, Time-Line (Spheres, Angles and the Negative of the 2nd Derivative), 2012, oil on canvas, 185 x 185 cm © Jo Baer

Jo Baer


Image: Jo Baer, 2020 © Yaël Temminck


b. 1929, Seattle, Washington


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Jo Baer has engaged in an ongoing commitment to painting for over five decades.

In the 1960s and 70s, she explored non-objectivity in her black and white hard-edge paintings as part of the New York Minimalist movement. She left New York for Europe in 1975, eventually settling in Amsterdam after years spent in Ireland and London. Through the course of her move to Europe, Baer’s work shifted away from pure abstraction, gradually adding figural elements, text, images and symbols.

Baer has been the subject of one-artist exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1975); Van Abbe Museum, Einhaven, Netherlands (1978, 1986); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1986, 1999, 2013); the Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2002); Secession, Vienna (2008); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013); and Camden Arts Centre, London (2015).

Significant recent group exhibitions include Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Korea (2012); Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil (2014); Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2014); Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection, The Drawing Center, New York (2016); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art (2016); Calder to Kelly, Die amerikanische Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2017); The Absent Museum, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2017); and Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017).

Her works are part of numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Jo Baer, The Risen (Big-Belly), 1960-1961/2019, Oil on canvas, 72-3/8" × 72-3/8" (183.8 cm × 183.8 cm)
Jo Baer, Dawn (Lines and Destinations), 2009/2011, Oil on canvas, 64-3/4" × 86-1/4" (164.5 cm × 219.1 cm)
Jo Baer, Dusk (Bands and End-Points), 2012, Oil on canvas, 86-5/8" × 118-1/8" (220 cm × 300 cm)
Jo Baer, Snow-Laden Primeval (Meditations, on Log Phase and Decline rampant with Flatulent Cows and Carbon Cars), 2020, oil paint on canvas, 67-11/16" × 60-1/4" (171.9 cm × 153 cm)