R.C. Baker is an artist and writer who lives and works in New York City. He is a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellow whose work has been exhibited at Baahng Gallery, ZONE: Contemporary Art, the Drawing Center, White Columns, the Center for Book Arts, and other venues in New York City, as well as internationally. Baker is a senior editor at the Village Voice and a visiting artist at NYU Steinhardt School of Painting. In 2016 he was awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing.

2018   “Noise For Signal”, Baahng Gallery, NYC

2009   “ . . . and Nixon’s coming”  | the draft

2002   “The Terminal Century”
            The Center for Book Arts, NYC

            1996   “Recrudescence”
            The Agouti, NYC

2017   “True Grit”, Baahng Gallery, NYC


2012    One of various writers collaborating on Christian Jankowski’s installation “Review”
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NYC

2012    “Lovely Days / Video Days,” video projection of work-in-progress “President: ‘Why?’ “
23rd Summer Festival,     Bol, Croatia

2010   “Disciplined Spontaneity”


2004   “The Art Connection: Art for Public Spaces”
            Meyerhoff Gallery, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


2003   “ExSpace Book Project”
            The Knitting Factory, NYC

2000   “Perimeters: Painting”
            LICK Gallery, Long Island City, NY


1999   “Outer Boroughs”
            White Columns, NYC


1999   “Paper View”
            Lincoln Center Gallery, Fordham University, NYC


1999   “5th Annual Juried Exhibition”
            St. John’s University, NYC


1996   “Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”
            The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts


1996   “Digital Elements”
            St. John’s University, NYC


1995   “Printwork 95”

1993   “New Directions 93”

1991   “New Directions 91”
            Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY


1989   “Selections 47”
            The Drawing Center, NYC


2016    Arts Writers Grant

Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation

1990    Painting Fellowship

New York Foundation for the Arts

2011–present: Visiting artist, NYU Steinhardt School of Painting


1994 – present:  Author of articles on art, politics, and popular culture for The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Voice Literary Supplement, Performing Arts Journal,
and other publications

2014     Delivered talk, “Cold War Gray,” at Bulgaria’s National Gallery of Art, in Sofia. Using historical context provided by such imagery as classic Surrealist paintings, Soviet propaganda photographs, and 1970s album covers, I explored the complex themes and aesthetic concepts surrounding American artist Brian Dailey’s photo collages.

2012 “Moving Words”
Lecture on convergence of themes in 1960s film, including avant-garde shorts, the Zapruder home movie, the Batman TV series, and Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil 23rd Summer Festival, Bol, Croatia

2010   “Illuminating the Text” with video projection
            Lecture on various artists who use text within artwork plus a video projection
            of the work in progress, “President: Why?”
            Molly Barnes Brown Bag Lecture Series, The Roger Smith Hotel, NYC

2010   “Illuminating the Text”
Gallery talk on works combining art and text, including “The Terminal Century,”
in conjunction with the exhibit “Disciplined Spontaneity”

2008   Commentator for the Ovation Channel documentary
            “Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven”

            2008   Panelist on the National Academy of Art’s review of the Whitney Biennial
            National Academy Museum, NYC

            2008   Juror on panel selecting group shows proposed by emerging curators
            NURTUREart, Brooklyn, New York


2006   Panelist, “Manhattan Transfer,” exhibition discussion of artists’ working conditions and inspirations in New York City and surrounding areas
            ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Art, NYC

2005        Village Voice article previewing “Come to Crumbland / R. Crumb & Robert Hughes: A Conversation” read by library President Paul LeClerc to introduce the underground cartoonist and the art critic at “Live from the NYPL” event
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, NYC


2004   Moderator for panel “The Future of the Graphic Novel”
            New York Is Book Country, New York University, NYC

1996   Panelist, Contemporary Artists Talk on Art
            The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

1994   Commissioned by Local 2110 to create installation commemorating 10 years of union organizing by the United Auto Worker’s Technical, Office, and Professional branch
Amalgamated Lithographer’s Building, NYC

1993        Commissioned to create paintings and drawings for Ang Lee’s
“The Wedding Banquet,” 1994 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

In the Air. “See the List of Critics Who Contributed to Christian Jankowski’s Latest Show” [noteworthy image] BLOUIN ArtInfo Blogs, July 5, 2012

Robert Shuster. “Best in Show—Disciplined Spontaneity”
            The Village Voice, January 6, 2010, p. 32

Emily Warner. “R.C. Baker:  ‘ . . . and Nixon’s coming’ / the draft”
            The Brooklyn Rail, June 2009, p. 38


Robert Shuster. “Best in Show—R.C. Baker”
          The Village Voice, April 22, 2009, p. 31


Angela Ashman. “Double Life: Who Is the Real R.C. Baker?”
          The Village Voice, April 15, 2009, p. 25


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