Donald Baechler emerged as a painter during the Pop Art and Neo-Expressionist movements of the 1980s. Experimenting with a variety of forms and materials, his work centered on an exploration of the language of cultural symbols. Baechler gains inspiration from a vast archive of images and art objects he has collected, which he reifies through his own painting. His work consistently emphasizes the emblematic nature of such images, underlining their inherently abstract nature within the cultural lexicon.
For the 2003 series Alphabet, Baechler worked at the Paulson Bott Press with a trove of printed source material, from which he selected 26 pieces. These served as the respective formats for the letters of the alphabet. The eclectic letters, in vibrant primary and secondary colors, contrast individually but can also be read as a cohesive whole.
Baechler studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, the Cooper Union in New York, and the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste in Frankfurt, Germany. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, among other institutions.
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Alphabet, (Portfolio boxed set), 2003
Color aquatint, Xerox transfer aquatint
and hardground etching.
Somerset White Paper
Portfolio of twenty-six etchings
Image size 12" x 9"
Paper size 18" x 14"
Edition of 15
Renee Bott and Donald Baechler work in Paulson Bott Press Studio, Berkeley, CA 2003