White Columns

Ed Baynard

White Columns is proud to present a solo exhibition of works by Ed Baynard (1940-2016.) The exhibition has been organized by White Columns and Vince Aletti in collaboration with the Estate of Ed Baynard.

Raised in Washington DC, Baynard lived in both Paris and London during the 1960s, where he worked for The Beatles and the actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Baynard returned to New York in 1971, and following a studio visit with - and encouragement from - Agnes Martin, he staged his first solo exhibition that same year at New York’s legendary Willard Gallery. Known for his signature still-life paintings, watercolors, and prints of flowers and other aspects of the natural world, Baynard would have subsequent solo exhibitions at Holly Solomon’s 98 Greene Street Loft, New York (1972); Betty Parsons Gallery, New York (1973); Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (1977); John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (1980); and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (1980/81); among many others during a nearly five-decade long career.

On his return to the United States Baynard would re-connect with New York’s downtown avant-garde (he had previously made an appearance in Jack Smith’s 1963 film ‘Flaming Creatures’.) He was close with 112 Greene Street/White Columns co-founder Gordon Matta-Clark, and in 1982 Baynard organized ‘Fast’, a figurative painting exhibition for Alexander Milliken Gallery, New York, where David Wojnarowicz presented a painting - ‘Untitled (Green Head)’, 1982 - for the first time (which Baynard subsequently acquired for his personal collection.)

At White Columns we will present a survey of Baynard’s paintings and watercolors on canvas, panel, board and paper, produced over the entire arc of his career. Baynard’s approach – which aligns a form of pared-down minimalism with often highly emotive, and sometimes romantic subject matter – continues to resonate with both the work of his peers and that of subsequent generations of artists. 

Ed Baynard’s work is held in the permanent collections of many public institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery, Washington DC: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and The High Museum, Atlanta; among many others. 

We would like to thank the Estate of Ed Baynard for their enthusiastic support of White Columns’ presentation of Ed Baynard’s work in New York.