Donald Baechler, Flower (from Fuer die Pinakothek der Moderne portfolio), 1994
This screenprint with collage by Donald Baechler is especially uncommon stateside, as it was part of a portfolio commissioned by the Pinakothek Museum in Munich, Germany. It combines the frantic collage of various childhood paraphernalia in the background with the simplified form of the flower in the foreground. Emphasizing pattern and texture, Baechler creates a youthful image that reflects the influence of folk and outsider art. The fortune cookie message adjacent to the young girl's bust reads "You will do well to expand your business." This is a rare Trial Proof (TP) aside from the regular edition of 98. . It is also elegantly framed in a handsome blond wood museum frame with UV plexiglass, and ready to hang.
Donald Baechler (American, b. 1956) is an artist who studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Cooper Union, and Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Baechler returned to New York City from Germany in 1980, exhibiting his art at such venues as Artists Space and the Drawing Center. Tony Shafrazi, who represented such luminaries as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, took an interest in Baechler’s graffiti-esque works. Baechler has long experimented with a variety of forms and materials, always maintaining what has been dubbed his "gee-whiz approach,” a bashful, accidental creation of art.
Signed, Dated and Annotated "TP" on the recto; accompanied by a a copy of a note from Donald Baechler confirming this work is by him.