Installation Video
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Selected Press
Jo and Jack: Frieze – October 2010 
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Jo and Jack: The New York Times – August 13, 2010 
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Jo and Jack: The New Yorker – August 9, 2010 
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Jo and Jack: Artinfo.com – July 22, 2010 
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Additional Information
Announcement

Jo and Jack

Jo Baer and John Wesley in the Sixties


July 6 - August 13, 2010
522 W 22 Street
Opening: Tuesday, July 6, 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Jo and Jack, Jo Baer and John Wesley in the Sixties, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The exhibition, curated by Josh Baer, includes a selection of paintings and drawings made by Jo Baer and John Wesley during the time they lived and worked together in New York City.

John Wesley and Jo Baer first met in Los Angeles in 1958. The following year, they moved in together, sharing a studio and soon marrying. In 1960, John, Jo, and her son Josh moved to New York, where they settled in a loft at 108 Fourth Avenue. They lived together until 1968, finally divorcing in 1971.

In California, both artists experimented with Abstract Expressionist painting. They abandoned this vestige of the 1950s when they moved east and discovered personal approaches to art making that put them at the forefront of the major art movements of the new decade—Wesley with Pop and Baer with Minimalism.

At first encounter, these artist's different approaches to painting do not appear to have much in common. When one realizes, however, that the works in this exhibition were made at the same time, and in the same studio, an unexpected visual affinity becomes apparent. The scale and surface of the canvases, the similar application of paint, the precise edges and borders, and the use of black in the compositions throughout their work, demonstrate that Jo Baer and John Wesley's shared life extended to their artistic practices.

Jo and Jack, Jo Baer and John Wesley in the Sixties, will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through August 13, 2010. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For further information, please contact Jeffrey Peabody at
(212) 243-0200, or email jeffrey@matthewmarks.com.