San Francisco

Don Bachardy

Stanford Research Institute

Bachardy’s work teases the question of at what point facility falls into the realm of mere craft. What saves Bachardy is his complete disinterest in problems of mainstream art: he doesn’t worry about what he does, and yet (or, perhaps, therefore), does it very well. Some artists can maintain a serious identity as artists while remaining entirely aloof from the main direction of art in their time.

The drawings on view are likenesses of a number of people who could be called “personalities.” His portraits fulfill a certain limited need that cannot be satisfied, for example, by portrait photography.

James Monte