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John Baeder

American Roadside

March 16 – April 24, 2020

Belleville Diner, 1977

Belleville Diner

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

$5,000

American, 1976

American

1976

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

edtion of 10

$5,000

 

Berry's Grill, 1974

Berry's Grill

1974

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Divco Truck, 1973

Divco Truck

1973

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Billboard, 1974

Billboard

1974

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

White Eagle Lodge, 1977

White Eagle Lodge

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Miss Berthier, 1973

Miss Berthier

1973

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Coke Sign, 1977

Coke Sign

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Interior with Checkerboard, 1977

Interior with Checkerboard

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Pop Pop's Lunch, 1973

Pop Pop's Lunch

1973

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches 

editon of 10

$5,000

Trailer, Arizona, Route 66, 1975

Trailer, Arizona, Route 66

1975

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Southwest Motel, 1977

Southwest Motel

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Interior, 1974

Interior

1974

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

edition of 10

$5,000

Male Ego, 1979

Male Ego

1979

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

edition of 10

$5,000

Crown Parking, 1975

Crown Parking

1975

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

George's, 1976

George's

1976

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Jimmy's, 1977

Jimmy's

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

People's Tiny Diner, 1977

People's Tiny Diner

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Federal Lumber, 1975

Federal Lumber

1975

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Hubcaps, Evansville, IN, 1978

Hubcaps, Evansville, IN

1978

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Teepees, 1977

Teepees

1977

chromogenic print

20 x 30 inches

editon of 10

$5,000

Press Release

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, John Baeder: American Roadside. This solo exhibition, opening March 16, 2020 and continuing through April 24, 2020, will present the artist's large-scale color photographs of uniquely American forms of roadside architecture. 

John Baeder is one of the most prominent of the Photo-realists and is mainly known for his depictions of diners and American roadside culture. Born in South Bend, Indiana, in 1938, he grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In the late 1960s, Baeder started collecting postcards and photographs of urban architecture, developing a sensitivity for the beauty and value found in this enduring iconography. 

John Baeder often photographed the places he wished to paint and used these images to compose his paintings. "There are some photographs that scream to be paintings, and some that just want to be photographs.", states Baeder.

Paintings and photographs by Baeder are included in the following collections: Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. In 2009, Baeder received the Tennessee Governor's Distinguished Artist Award, and his work has helped make the diner an American icon; his art serves as an aesthetic record of the quickly disappearing American roadside culture that so engaged him.

Books include Diners (1978), Gas, Food, Lodging (1984), Diners (revised edition, 1995), Sign Language (1996), John Baeder's American Roadside (2009), and John Baeder's Road Well Taken (2015). A documentary film, Baeder: Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats Along the Way was produced in conjunction with the Morris Museum of Art, and traces the artist trajectory from the earliest postcard paintings to the more recent roadside images.

To request further information or high-resolution images, please contact Joseph Bellows Gallery at info@josephbellows.com. Established in 1998, Joseph Bellows Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historical and contemporary photography, with a particular interest in American work from the 1970s. For more information: www.josephbellows.com