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Collecting John Baeder

March 3, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

The Open Gallery will open its 2023 gallery season with a unique exhibition of work by artist John Baeder, titled “Collecting John Baeder.” Baeder, who currently resides in Nashville, TN, has had a storied career in art for over 50 years, getting his big break with legendary gallerist Ivan Karp at the O.K. Harris gallery in SoHo in 1972, not long after Karp saw Baeder’s work during a studio visit.  It wasn’t long after that, that graduate student Michael Mullen first saw Baeder’s work and contacted him, beginning a lifelong friendship. Mullen has been collecting his work ever since in a friendship that has spanned 40 years.

This exhibition features that collection, ranging from Baeder’s infamous diner watercolors,  some of his photocollage pieces, his more recent vintage airplane paintings and matchbook paintings.  Yale Professor of Art  Vincent Scully wrote that it’s his emotional attachment to his subject matter that sets Baeder’s work apart from many of the other Photorealists:  “John Baeder’s paintings seem to me to differ from most of those of his brilliant Magic-Realist contemporaries in that they are gentle, lyrical, and deeply in love with their subjects.”  We think you will agree as you view this retrospective.

Please come by The Open Gallery on Friday, March 3, from 5-8 p.m.  for our kick-off First Friday event.  The show will run through the end of March.  All the galleries will be exhibiting new work, so this event should be a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the company of good friends, good music and great art!

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