John Baeder: A Road Well Taken
John Baeder is best known for his popular, photorealist paintings and prints of roadside diners. The acclaim drawn by Baeder’s imagery is a measure of a passion that goes well beyond qualities such as reportage or the ability to capture the more casual elements of American culture which stand among the primary aims of Post War realism, particularly the power stroke that has been termed Photorealism. More than any other artist associated the powerful Post War realist movements, John Baeder has returned the favor in kind to the very culture that inspired him. The diner paintings were always inherent in Baeder’s special consciousness. Like a vanishing point, they represent the convergence of a range of interests and influences that took some time, and another career, to formulate. Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach presents John Baeder: A Road Well Taken, on view June 9-September 20.