Summer Exhibition

June 14 - August 2, 1996

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Donald Baechler
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Donald was born on November 22, 1956 to Quaker parents in Hartford, Connecticut. He was the second of four children. At the age of five Donald made his first painting, a collaboration with his grandmother, Elsie Dolliver.

Donald recalls as a child that he "scribbled on little pieces of paper all day long. Little drawings, 'doodles' and those kinds of things. It was an obsession." On Sundays Donald and his family would attend the Quaker meeting house. This would often be followed by a visit to the Wadsworth Antheneum, an art museum in Hartford. Donald remembers seeing his first Warhol paintings here - an early hand painted soup can and a triple silver electric chair. In 1970, at the age of 13, Donald bought his first art book, Rainer Crone's catalogue Raisonne of Andy Warhol. He was attracted to the comic strip paintings (Nancy, Dick Tracy, etc.) illustrated in the book.

From 1971 to 1974 Donald attended a Quaker boarding school in Philadelphia and Quaker summer camp in Maine. While in Philadelphia, he frequently visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art (home to the Arensberg Collection of modern art). At 15 Donald declared that he would become a rich and famous artist.

1974-77 Donald studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore. It was here that he first met Jeff Koons. At the age of 16 or 17, Donald spent the summer working as a janitor at the Wadsworth Antheneum - a job that allowed him a great deal of time to look at art. In 1977 Donald Baechler moved to New York City and attended Cooper Union. The most influential class at Cooper Union was that of Hans Haacke. It was in Haacke's class that he met two young German artists, Gerhard Nashberger and Georg Jiri-Dokoupil.

Donald lives and works in New York City.
Jean-Michel Basquiat
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The Gallery has championed the work of Basquiat since the early 1980's and always believed him to be among the greatest artists of the last 50 years. Recently for the inauguration of our new gallery in Chelsea, we presented a selection of his paintings along two of the great masters of the 20th century, in the exhibition, "Picasso, Bacon, and Basquiat".
Michael Ray Charles
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Keith Haring
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Keith Haring holds a unique position in the recent history of art. He was not only a pioneer of the new art of the 80's, but undoubtedly one of the most confident, daring and original artists of the past 50 years. Having arrived in New York in 1978-79, by 1982, with his first one man exhibition, in my old gallery at 163 Mercer Street, he had become an international art star, and his travels and exhibitions in Holland, Germany and Japan were as exciting as the arrival of the Beatles. His originality and inventiveness, his most animated and recognizable figures and iconography are among the most loved and prized images in the art of our time.

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Kenny Scharf
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"My ambition as a professional artist is to maintain the course that I set nearly 20 years ago by establishing my work in the fields of painting, sculpture, and performance. Every project I undertake is building on my past experiences. My original approach is unchanged; it is a personal challenge to produce the best work possible every time. One very important and guiding principle to my work is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture through my art.

My personal ambition has always been to live the example. I believe the artist has a social responsibility to engage others in a thought process that ultimately brings art into everyday life thereby enhancing the quality of our experience."

-Kenny Scharf

Born 1958 in Los Angeles, California
Primary residence in Los Angeles, CA

1980 B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

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