Flowers is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by beloved British artist, Glen Baxter. Known for his absurdist style and baffling interplay between word and image “Colonel Baxter” gently mocks high culture with his captioned drawings. The exhibition will run from October 15 through November 9, 2013. Baxter will join Bill Zavatsky in conversation at Poets House on Tuesday, October 15 at 6 pm and there will be an opening reception for the artist in the gallery on Saturday, October 19 from 6–8 pm.
As a young boy with a stammer, growing up in a grimy industrial town in the north of England, Baxter discovered the world of surrealism before he had heard of André Breton. He went on to art school where the works of De Chirico and Max Ernst pointed the way to a lifelong love of absurdity. In 1974 he was invited by the Poetry Project to read from his collected works at St. Mark’s Churchin- the-Bouwerie, a pivotal moment for the young Englishman. Caught up in the delirium of New York, he had discovered his natural home. A series of exhibitions held at the Gotham Book Mart Gallery and many books and exhibits followed around the globe, prompting Edward Gorey to pronounce: “Mr. Baxter betrays all the ominous symptoms of genius.”
Many have come to love Baxter’s captioned drawings from the pages of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Le Monde and Vogue. His work has been published in many books, exhibited internationally and is held in several public and private collections around the world, including the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the collection of the New York Public Library.