Jo Baer

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
December 12–January 24

If there’s a more thankless occupation than Minimalist painter, we’d like to know about it. Of course, if you hedge the reductivism with some “incomplete” lower edges to your canvases, then mutate back into a curvilinear romantic, you can carve out a rep as a “major” artist. It helps to be a guy. If you’re a woman whose work is severe enough to earn you but a single mention in Irving Sandler’s American Art of the 1960s (as a “conceptual” artist), and then you hie off to Holland to become a mystical “imagist,” chances are you’ll get forgotten. The Stedelijk will try to correct the situation for the expatriate American, Jo Baer, in this forty-canvas retrospective.