Josh Baer, left, and Jeffery Deitch, right, at the Art Basel Art Market Talk: Blurring Lines Between Culture and Commerce
Josh Baer, is an art advisor, curator and art market journalist. He began his career in 1979 as director of a highly influential space, White Columns in New York City.
During this time Josh Baer began writing and co-publishing the now-legendary art and culture magazine, ZG, while also co-founding No Wave, post-Punk record label Neutral Records. Among Neutral Record's releases were the first EP of Sonic Youth as well as Confusion is Sex. ZG Magazine included contributions by many notable authors and artists, inculding: Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Vito Acconci, Jack Goldstein, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Ashley Bickerton. Baer went on to represent some of these artists when he opened his own gallery in 1985. The Josh Baer Gallery remained open for 10 years.
In 1994 Baer decided to leave public sphere of the art world to focus on private art advising, teaching and writing. It was the same year that he launched The Baer Faxt and started teaching arts-administration at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Later he became a bi-weekly contributor to New York Magazine and has continued to educate the public on art collecting through panel discussions and talks he gives around the world. Baer has more recently returned to curation, working at some of the top galleries and auction houses, he has been able to create several press garnering exhibitions.
Currently, Baer spends his days advising collectors from his office in downtown New York. Most recently been brought on by eBay to consult on thier online art venture and soon to launch in 2014.
Josh Baer, the son of painter Jo Baer, is married to Olivia Badrutt. They have one daughter Stella Badrutt-Baer who occasionally contributes to the Baer Faxt.