Jo Baer was born in 1929 in Seattle, Washington and studied at the University of Washington and the New School for Social Research, New York. Her work is represented in many major public and private collections worldwide. Important solo exhibitions include Jo Baer, the Whitney Museum, New York (1975); Jo Baer, Paintings 1965–1975 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1978); Jo Baer Palimpsests: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings 1963–1993, Rijksmuseum Kroeller-Mueller, Otterlo (1993); Jo Baer, Paintings 1960–1998 / Schilderijen 1969–1998, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1999); Jo Baer. The Minimalist Years 1960–1975, DIA Center for the Arts, New York (2002); and Triotentoonstelling 2009: Jo Baer, Lynda Benglis, Jutta Koether, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2009).
Everything had to be reinvented for the 2017 Whitney Biennial — the first to take place in the new riverside home of the Whitney Museum. But then, this leading showcase of contemporary American art feels refreshed in other ways, too.