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John Baeder

1938-


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American artist, John Baeder (born December 24, 1938), is one of the best known Photorealists. First appearing on the art scene in the early 1970’s as one of the leading masters of Post War American Realism, John Baeder masterfully defined “Classic Americana” in his roadside diner paintings and photographs.

Baeder studied at Auburn University in Alabama. His subjects have been almost exclusively isolated roadside diners and eateries. That an artist can concentrate so masterfully on one theme enticed Abrams to publish “Diners by John Baeder” in 1978. John Baeder’s calculated and nostalgic renderings of “classic Americana” theme diners have brought him great appeal and success. As Gerrit Henry commented in “Super Realism: A Critical Anthology” (Dutton 1975); in “In Photo-Realism, reality is made to look so overpoweringly real as to make it pure illusion: through the basically magical means of point-for-point precisionist rendering the actual is portrayed as being so real that it doesn’t exist. What does exist off the canvas is the mind, which conceived of the idea of the painting of a photograph of reality, in all its intrinsic implausibility. Whereas classical painters through the ages have idealized reality itself, the “classical” New Realists have totally devalued reality in order vastly to overvalue (in other words, completely abstract) the human brain. Photo-Realism is basically not realism at all. More correctly, it is the plastic offshoot of today’s conceptual arts.”

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Photography

Jimmy’s, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
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Berry’s Grill, 1974
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Beverly’s Luncheonette, 1980
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Federal Lumber, 1975
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Interior, 1974
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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‘51 Desoto, Arizona, 1976
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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American, 1976
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Belleville Diner, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Billboard, 1974
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Coke Sign, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Crown Parking, 1975
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Divco Truck, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Gas Pumps, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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George’s, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
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Hubcaps, Evansville, IN, 1978
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Interior with Checkerboard, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Male Ego, 1979
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Miss Berthier, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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People’s Tiny Diner, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Pop Pop’s Lunch, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Private, 1973
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Southwest Motel, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
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Teepees, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Trailer, Arizona Route 66, 1975
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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Two Windows, 1967
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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White Eagle Lodge, 1977
Chromogenic photograph on Kodak Endura paper
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