Jo Baer

  • Jo Baer

    I'M AFRAID I have nothing to contribute vis-à-vis Agnes Martin and her work. I met her only once, in the early 1960s (at an opening at the Robert Elkon Gallery in New York for the first show by my then husband, John Wesley), and she was pretty strange, bitching to him about her lack of prestige compared with Robert Rauschenberg et al. Her work (like Robert Ryman’s) has never interested me: The lyrical is not my meat. Sorry, I know our “well-known” women’s voices should show solidarity, but even in death?

    Jo Baer is an artist based in Amsterdam.

  • THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF THE YEAR

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum asked an international group of artists to select the single image, exhibition, or event that most memorably captured their eye in 2012.

    RITA ACKERMANN

    Gang Gang Dance (September 22, Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn) If materialism is the unwanted fat on our spirits, Gang Gang Dance’s music is the blade that cuts it all off. Their sounds burn up that heaviness of need and greed and lift the spirits to other dimensions. A hundred years ago, Rudolf Steiner wrote The Philosophy of Freedom and feverishly lectured about protective space and other visionary ideas to