|Jo Baer's Minimalist art (1960-75)|
|The last of the Minimalists, the last movement of the Modern Art era.|
Demonstrating her mother's independent bent, Jo headed off to Israel to explore the realities of rural socialism on a kibbutz for a few months. She returned to New York City, in 1950 to study for a master's degree in psychology at the New School for Social Research. Baer went to school at night, while during the day working at an interior design studio as a draftsman and secretary. In 1953, she moved to Los Angeles and shortly thereafter married Richard Baer, a television writer. Their son, Joshua Baer, who later became an art dealer, writer, and consultant, was born in 1955. The couple were divorced in the late 1950s though she retained his name. During this time Baer began to paint and draw for the first time since her teen years. She became friends with Edward Kienholz and other local artists in the orbit of the Ferus Gallery. There she met the painter John Wesley, to whom she was married from 1960-1970. She, Wesley, and Joshua moved to New York in 1960, where they lived until 1975. After separating from Wesley, she was in a long-term relationship with the sculptor Robert Lawrance Lobe. The woman certainly seems to have had an independent love life.
|Untitled (White Star), 1960-61, Jo Baer|
|Untitled (White Square Lavender), 1964-74, Jo Baer|
|Untitled, 1972, Jo Baer. When you have little or no content,|
it's hard to come up with a decent title.
|At the Back of the North Wind, 1990, Jo Baer|
|Memorial for an Art World |
2009, Jo Baer
|Amphora Frieze, Jo Baer,|
each pieces intended to be
hung side by side to form
|Glass Slippers, 1960, Jo Baer|