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Jo BAER | Untitled (vertical flanking diptych - red)
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Jo BAER
United States of America born 1929-08-07
to Ireland 1975, to the Netherlands 1983
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Untitled (vertical flanking diptych - red) 1966-74
oil on canvas
canvas (each) 244.0 (h) x 172.7 (w) cm
overall 244.0 (h) x 376.0 (w) cm
not signed, not dated
Purchased 1973
NGA 1973.819.A-B
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Biography

Jo Baer was born Josephine Gail Kleinberg on 7 August 1929 in Seattle, Washington. She studied at the University of Washington, Seattle (1946-49), majoring in biology, but also taking art courses. In 1953 she married the television writer Richard Baer and moved to Los Angeles. By 1957 she was painting full-time and was encouraged by Ed Kienholz, co-owner of Ferus Gallery. In 1960 she moved to New York where she met Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd and began to paint in a reductive 'hard-edge' style. She held her first solo exhibition at Fischbach Gallery, New York, in 1966 and her first solo exhibition abroad at Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, in 1969. In 1975 she was given a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In the same year she left New York to live in Ireland, at Smarmore Castle, Ardee. In 1977 the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, organised a retrospective of her work which travelled to Belfast, Dublin and Eindhoven. Since 1975 Baer has been painting figuratively, and has exhibited these works mainly at the Lisson Gallery, London. From Ireland, Baer moved to London in 1982, and more recently to Amsterdam, where she currently lives and works.

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