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A renowned figurative artist who emerged from the East Village art scene in the 1980s in New York, Donald Baechler´s works depict simple everyday objects that allude to the cultural symbolism of nostalgia and cliché. Combing universal iconography, Baechler remains concerned with form and emphasizes the importance of the line and balance throughout his 2-dimensional (works on paper, collages, and paintings) and sculptural practice.
“I’m an abstract artist before anything else, and I still say that occasionally. For me, it’s always been more about line, form, balance, and the edge of the canvas—all these silly formalist concerns—than it has been about subject matter or narrative or politics." —Donald Baechler
The Red Rose is a notable imagery used in Baechler's works. The voluptuous, comic-style rose is universally understood as a symbol of love, sexuality, and femininity. Placed as the centerpiece of this silkscreen, the Red Rose is the main protagonist in this edition series. The image is initially referring to a photograph of a rose tattoo that Baechler photographed. Looking at this Red Rose silkscreen, one can only think of Gertrude Stein´s quote “a rose is a rose is a rose”, the beauty, simplicity, and pop-ness.