John Baeder's Road Well Taken
- Publication Date: October 20, 2015
- Imprint: Vendome Press
- Trim Size: 10 x 10
- ISBN: 9780865653191
- Page Count: 272
- Illustrations: 300 color and black-and-white illustrations
- Rights: North America
A fascinating trip through the evocative remnants of a vanishing America, this book is also a portrait of an artist who has captured the nostalgic essence of what’s been lost. In 1972, John Baeder (b. 1938) left a career on Madison Avenue to become a full-time painter, gambling his livelihood on art dealer Ivan Karp’s evaluation of his first four canvases: a diner, a motel, a gas station, a tourist camp. Based on color postcards in his growing collection of roadside memorabilia, they launched a career that put him at the forefront of the growing photorealist movement. Baeder’s paintings, particularly of classic diners, were an immediate success, and he scoured the country for prime examples to document before they disappeared. Here, Jay Williams recounts the inside story of Baeder’s multifaceted career. With more than 300 illustrations of his highly collectible paintings, watercolors, vintage photographs, printed ephemera, and three-dimensional memorabilia, this is an artist’s journey, traveled along the back highways of the United States.
About the author
Jay Williams has developed more than 40 major exhibitions during his 30-year career as a university and art museum curator, most recently for the Vero Beach Museum of Art, in Florida. He has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogs, including Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats Along the Way: The Paintings of John Baeder (2007–2009).