Jonathan Novak has been an important source for contemporary American and European art since 1978. With a wide-ranging inventory consisting of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints, one may find significant examples by Milton Avery, John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Estes, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Ralph Goings, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Mimmo Paladino, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann.
Jonathan has been an inveterate exhibitor at international art fairs in Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and is a member of the Private Art Dealers of America (PADA), the International Fine Print Dealers of America (IFPDA) as well as the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA).
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is located in Century City, California, one-half mile west of the Beverly Hills Penninsula Hotel.
John BaederBiography of the Artist
30" x 48" (76.2 x 121.9 cm)
American artist, John Baeder (born December 24, 1938), is one of the best known Photorealists. First appearing on the art scene in the early 1970's as one of the leading masters of Post War American Realism, John Baeder masterfully defined "Classic Americana" in his roadside diner paintings and prints. Biography John Baeder (1938 - ) Baeder, born in South Bend, Ind., 1938, studied at Auburn University in Alabama. His subjects have been almost exclusively isolated roadside diners and eateries. That an artist can concentrate so masterfully on one theme enticed Abrahms to publish “Diners by John Baeder” in 1978. John Baeder’s calculated and nostalgic renderings of “classic Americana” theme diners have brought him great appeal and success. As Gerrit Henry commented in “Super Realism: A Critical Anthology” (Dutton 1975); in “In Photo-Realism, reality is made to look so overpoweringly real as to make it pure illusion: through the basically magical means of point-for-point precisionist rendering the actual is portrayed as being so real that it doesn’t exist. What does exist off the canvas is the mind, which conceived of the idea of the painting of a photograph of reality, in all its intrinsic implausibility. Whereas classical painters through the ages have idealized reality itself, the “classical” New Realists have totally devalued reality in order vastly to overvalue (in other words, completely abstract) the human brain. Photo-Realismm is basically not realism at all. More correctly, it is the plastic offshoot of today’s conceptual arts.” Curriculum Vitae John Baeder 1938 Born, South Bend, IN 1960 Auburn University, Auburn, AL Resides: Nashville, TN Selected Exhibitions 2005 Diners, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France 2004 Los Angeles Taco Trucks, Mission San Juan Capistrano Gallery, CA 2004 The Early Eighties,(watercolors), Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 2003 Los Angeles Taco Trucks,(watercolors), Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2003 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 2000 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1999 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN 1997-98 Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1997 Sign Language: Photographs, Nation’s Bank Plaza Galleria, Atlanta, GA 1997 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1996 Sign Language: Photographs, O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1994-95 What’s For Dinner?, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC 1994 Southern Images Plus Two That Aren’t, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO 1993 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1993 Southern Images, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN 1991 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1989 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 1988 John Baeder: Americana Photographs, Zimmerman-Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN 1988 Modernism, San Francisco, CA