Details of the exhibition
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 18:30 the Studio d’Arte Raffaelli of Trento opens the solo exhibition of Donald Baechler entitled “Girls, Girls, Girls”. American art is back in the halls of Palazzo Wolkensteine; about twenty new works created specifically for this exhibition by the New York artist, will be visible to the public until February 26, 2011.
In the ’80s, when in Italy the artists of Arte Povera and Transavanguardia were making themselves heard, new languages were flourishing in the United States. Among them emerges the one invented by Donald Baechler, made of simple shapes, thick contours, layered backgrounds in which scenes of city life, notes, illustrations for children, geometric shapes and any other visual stimulus that can attract his attention. His works are the result of the application of two techniques: collage and painting. The first is the basis and the context on which the foreground subject stands out, which always belongs to a simplified and spontaneous vocabulary, devoid of technical and iconographic virtuosity. Beauty, therefore, for the artist resides in simplicity and passes through the unification of two cultures: that of children and that of adults.
The works created for this exhibition are an admirable example of his art: new although recognizable in their typical figurative scheme. The subjects, mostly male and female figures, are outlined by the black sign, pure and unmistakable sometimes on delicate collages on paper, sometimes on dropcloth, covers used in the studio to protect the floor from color drips.
Donald Baechler è nato ad Hartford, nel Connecticut nel 1956. Ha studiato al Maryland Institute College of Art di Baltimora dal 1974 al 1976, alla Cooper Union di New York dal 1977 al 1978 e alla Hochschule fur bildende Kunste di Francoforte dal 1978 al 1979. In 2004 he taught at the Salzburg Summer Academy. His works can be found in many public and private international collections, including the MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
A catalogue with text by Vittoria Coen will be published for the occasion.