Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats Along the Way at the TN State Museum 

You've Got to Admit It's Getting Baeder

You've Got to Admit It's Getting Baeder
The official bio on John Baeder's website compares his diner paintings to Renaissance depictions of the Madonna and Child: Just as painters in earlier eras found near-infinite variations in an apparently simple topic, Baeder's photorealist canvases ring the changes on a familiar icon of Americana. His paintings are painstakingly composed and minutely detailed, but the conceit works, because his subject packs an emotional punch. His diners offer the traveler food and comfort, but their very presence is a bit poignant: By the time Baeder started painting in the 1970s, their '50s-futuristic design was becoming obsolete. Check out his first major traveling exhibit at Thursday's opening.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 12. Continues through Feb. 15, 2008

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