Jo Baer at Hunter College

Andrew Russeth reports on painter Jo Baer’s interview with Anthony Huberman on March 7 at Hunter College. The interview was held in conjunction with a screening of a film about her work.  Russeth reports that Baer spoke on her decision to leave the New York art world, her lesser known (in America) figurative paintings, her experience as a female artist, and her move away from minimal abstraction. In the shadow of the Vietnam war “with the near-complete failure of the 1968 protest movements in Paris and elsewhere and with the Vietnam War uninterrupted, her spare canvases no longer looked right to her. Minimalism was not only ‘a repeat of the Russians,’ she said, and, even worse, it was utopian.”

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