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When Beverly Baker sits at her worktable, the ritual is always the same: on the blank piece of paper, with a ballpoint pen, the artist begins to trace letters on which she will draw until the meaning is annihilated. Her work is reminiscent of that of Twombly, Serra or Tapiès. A member of the « Latitute Artist » workshop (Kentucky), Beverly Baker has been presented twice at the Maison rouge (Paris) in these exhibitions: Le Mur, artworks from the Antoine de Galbert collection and art brut, abcd/Bruno Decharme collection and won the Wynn Newhouse Award in 2017.

portrait de Beverly Baker - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1961 —
Country United States

Beverly Baker’s drawings are created through the obsessive layering of text found in a small selection of books and magazines that she uses as reference material. The final abstract compositions generally contain only trace hints (indices indications) of their genesis in language as Baker draws continuously on the same sheet, obliterating her original words or letters with additional words, lines and color. Most of her drawings are created with ballpoint pens, colored pencils and permanent marker.

Baker, who has Down Syndrome, is a member of the Latitude Artist Community in Lexington, Kentucky, a program with the stated mission of serving all people, with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability. Unlike most “studio programs” for artists with disabilities, Latitude creates meaningful, inclusive community interactions and allows participating artists to contribute culturally and politically to the life of their community. Baker has been an integral member of Latitude since its founding in 2001.

Beverly Baker has been shown twice in 2014 at the Maison rouge in the group shows Le Mur, works from Antoine de Galbert’s collection and art brut, collection abcd/bruno decharme.

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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
11.81 x 11.81 in
untitled (recto verso) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (recto verso), 2012
14.17 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
17.72 x 11.81 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
11.02 x 8.27 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
16.93 x 11.02 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
19.29 x 15.75 in
Beverly Baker palimpseste
Beverly Baker : palimpseste - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Philippe Godin
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Beverly Baker : palimpseste, from february 3rd to 28th 2015.

the line within the thread
curator Baimba Kamara, the bridge by christian berst. From June 17 to July 18, 2021.
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
roots of abstract
Rathausgalerie Kunsthalle, Munich . From October 2 to November 11, 2020.
Danser Brut
Musée du Docteur Guislain & Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. From September 24, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
in abstracto #2
at the gallery. From March 5 to June 6, 2020.
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galeristes art fair
at Le Carreau du Temple. From October 18 to 20, 2019.
Ojo electrico
Casa Encendida, Madrid. September 24, 2019.
visionary architecture
oliva creative factory. From May 14 to June 15, 2019.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. From April 26 to June 2, 2018.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
in abstracto
at the gallery. From June 8 to July 15, 2017.
beverly baker
underlying colors, institute 193. From May 27 to July 1, 2017.
The Golden Ratio Laws
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. From April 29 to September 30, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies, Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal. From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
black paintings : a response to jackson pollock
dallas museum of art. From October 1 to November 20, 2015.
black paintings : a response to jackson pollock
dallas museum of art. From October 1 to November 20, 2015.
black paintings : a response to jackson pollock,
dallas museum of art. From October 1 to November 20, 2015.
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Dallas Art Fair
solo Beverly Baker, Dallas, USA. From April 9 to 12, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
Beverly Baker
Palimpsest, at the gallery. From February 3 to 28, 2015.
do the write thing
read between the lines, new york gallery. From October 30 to December 21, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
drawing now 2014
Le Carreau du Temple. From March 25 to 30, 2014.
slick art fair paris
paris. From October 17 to 21, 2012.
beyond the boundaries season 2012
discoveries and recent acquisitions. From September 8 to October 13, 2012.
drawing now 2012
drawing art fair, Carrousel du Louvre. From March 28 to April 1, 2012.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
singletary center for the arts, university of kentucky. From March 2 to April 25, 2003.
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators: ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, austria, 2019. - © kunstforum, photo: nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of * in abstracto #2 *, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
beverly baker : palimpseste, galerie christian berst art brut, paris, du 3 au 28 février 2015. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
A visit to Art Brut collector Hannah Rieger
Magdalena Froner And Hugo V. Astner, Stayinart Collections. May 26, 2023.
déconfinement : 7 expositions à voir à paris en mai 2020
La Rédaction, Télérama Sortir. May 18, 2020.
les galeries parisiennes en mode numérique
Anne-lys Thomas, The Art Newspaper Daily. April 10, 2020.
coronavirus: les galeries d’art passent en mode virtuel
Guy Boyer, Connaissance Des Arts. March 27, 2020.
in abstracto #2 - en galerie
Alexia Lanta Maestrati, L’oeil. February 26, 2020.
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in abstracto
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. July 9, 2017.
Black is the new black in Dallas art
Rick Bretell, Dallas News. August 29, 2016.
Church of Ballpoint: The Drawings of Beverly Baker
Sophia Cosmadopoulos, Brut Force. November 29, 2015.
Beverly Baker, galerie christian berst
News Art Today. February 17, 2015.
Beverly Baker, Palimpseste
François Salmeron, Paris Art. February 12, 2015.
Beverly Baker, Palimpseste
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. February 11, 2015.
Beverly Baker, c’est Twombly équipée d’un stylo bille
Philippe Godin, Libération, La Diagonale De L’art. February 3, 2015.
Les portes, entre ombre et prières, Beverly Baker et Jill Gallièni
Pascal Ordonneau, Soliloques Sur L’art. February 1, 2015.
Feeling Right at Home on the Fringe
The New York Times. January 31, 2013.
Rentrée hors les normes
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. September 9, 2012.
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Hannah Rieger collection
In abstracto BFMtv
Language French
Beverly Baker

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