Berlin-based artist Monika Baer (b. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 1964) approaches “the picture as a site of staging or performance.” Figurative elements such as keyholes, coins, and slices of meat act as agents within the staged space of the image, while defying organization as a coherent narrative. Baer’s paintings and drawings evoke desires and afflictions and convey the visceral pleasure and pain of their own making.
Monika Baer, the first US museum exhibition of the artist’s paintings and drawings, includes works created between 1990 and 2013. Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with WCMA. Support provided by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.