Maker of Pared-Down Paintings Donald Baechler Dies At 65

The artist, Donald Baechler whose collage paintings gained attention in the 1980s, has died at the age of 65. He suffered a heart attack on Monday in Manhattan, according to Cheim & Read, his longtime New York gallery.

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Donald Baechler was 65 years old when he took his last breath. Assuming his age, he was born around 1957. Any information regarding his parents and personal life hasn’t been revealed in the media yet. Baechler attended a fundraiser event for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for the school.

In the 1980s, Baechler was part of the Downtown New York scene, which included artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others whose works evoked children’s drawings.
In a statement to ARTnews, the school’s co-directors Sarah Workneh and Katie Sonnenborn said, “He remained a supporter and friend to Skowhegan for more than three decades and will be dearly missed by this community.”

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