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American crafts are about the people who make them, not just the things they create.

David Paul Bacharach
(in a 1999 interview with the Chicago Tribune)


 

For over 30 years, David Paul Bacharach has been creating in his northern Maryland countryside studio unique hand woven metal compositions, drawing from diverse artistic and cultural sources. Below you can find out about the Collections that include his artwork, about his numerous Exhibitions, and about him in the media. You can also find information about his Arts Shows and Teaching Schedule, and Galleries featuring his art.

 

I want a person to be taken first with the pleasing color and form of the piece. But as they get closer to it, I love to hear them say, oh yeah, look at that!


Collections

David Paul Bacharach's art graces an impressive array of public and corporate buildings, museums and numerous private collections.

  The White House, Washington, DC
  American Embassy, Singapore
  American Embassy, Moscow
  American Embassy, Warsaw
  U.S. Department of the Treasury, New Carollton, MD
  Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
  AFLAC Insurance Company, Columbus, GA
  General Electric, Houston TX
  Monsanto Corporation, Washington, DC
  GTE Telephone Operations, Irving, TX
  Women's & Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  Holmes Hospital, Melbourne, FL
  American Craft Museum, New York, NY
  Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  Ashville Art Museum, Ashville, NC
  Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Arkansas Arts Center Museum, Little Rock, AR
  Peter's Valley Craft Education Center, Layton, NJ
  Copper Ridge Corporation Center, Sykesville, MD
  Southern Progress Corporation, Birmingham, AL
  Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock, Philadelphia, PA
  Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL

 

I have always spent a great deal of time studying contemporary American crafts, wondering how to incorporate their colors, textures and forms into my metalwork. I have attempted to mesh the forms and images of ancient sources - American Indian baskets and clay, Japanese bamboo baskets and bronzes, pre-Colombian metal - with those from contemporary American crafts.


Exhibitions

In the last 30 years, David Paul Bacharach's art has been shown in numerous exhibitions from Paris to Philadelphia, Indiana to Ireland and Santa Fe to San Francisco. He has been widely praised for his virtuoso metalwork.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Hoffberger Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2010 Volt, Frederick, MD
2009  Gallery Tru, Sykesville, MD
2008  Grannis Gallery, Burlington, VT
2006  Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2005  Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2004  Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore, MD
2002 Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO
2003 
Rendezvous Gallery, Leesburg, VA
2002
  Grannis Gallery, Burlington, VT
1999
  Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore, MD
1999  Grannis Gallery, Burlington, VT
1998  America House Gallery, Piermont, NY
1998  Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1995  Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC
1994  Worth Gallery, Taos, NM
1993  Agostino Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1992  Worth Gallery, Taos, NM
1991  Zimmerman Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN
1990  Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA
1988  University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1987  Jurus Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1986  Signature Gallery, Boston, MA
1985  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1985  Signature Gallery, Boston, MA
1983  Human Arts, Dallas, TX
1983  Incorporated Gallery, New York, NY
1982  Handcrafters Gallery, Portland, ME
1981  Ten Arrow Gallery, Cambridge, MA
1979  Jurus Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Group Exhibitions

2011  "Arise and Create" (Koom V’aseh), Goldsmith Museum, Chizuk Amuno, Baltimore, MD
2007 “Fiber Artists”, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC
2006  “New Fiber”, Gallery DePaul, Lancaster, PA
2005  “Opulence”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2004  “Woven Metal” Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2004  "Woven Metal" at the Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2003-04  "The Art of Craft", touring exhibition of the Susquehanna Art Museum
2003  "Two Capitals", exhibition of Maryland Jewelers and Metalsmiths, touring museums in Russia
2002
   "9-11: Artists Respond", American Craft Museum, New York , NY
2001  "Once Upon A Time: Artists Examine Fairy Tales, Legends And Myths" Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
2001  "American Craft Odyssey: James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC
1999  "The End is Near-Artists Look at the 20th Century", Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1999
  "Southeastern Basket Invitational", Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
1998 
"Faculty Show", Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont  School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1998  "Dress Up!", Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1997  "2nd Annual Best in America", Stones Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997  "L’Chaim, A Kiddush Cup Invitational", Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
1996  "Functional Metal", Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995  "Light Interpretations", Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
1995  "The Commemorative Cup", National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
1995  "Let’s Play House", Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1994  "Born with a Silver Spoon", Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
1994  Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
1993
  "The Tea Party", American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1991  "Figurative Abstraction", Reading Art Museum, Reading, CA
1991  "Silver: New Forms and Expressions", Fortunoff, New York, NY
1991  National Ornamental Museum, Memphis, TN
1989  "The American Vessel", Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1989  "Ateliers d’Art", Paris, France
1989  "American Crafts /Messe Frankfort 1989", Frankfort, Germany
1988  "Focus: American Baskets", Katie Gingrass Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1988
  "Objects in Metal", Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1988  Zoller Gallery of the Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
1988  "Contemporary Artifacts", National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
1987  "Interlacing", American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1983  "@Crafts USA", Kjarvaisstadir Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1983  "Modern Metalsmithing", University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

 

I was attracted to the metal weaving process primarily because of its spontaneity, a trait that is essential to my method of working. When I begin a new piece, I don't have a definite idea of what that particular object is going to do. As I progress, I determine how each new section will be integrated structurally and visually into the whole.

 

In the media about David Paul Bacharach

David Paul Bacharach and his unique art have gained the attention of the national media and the art community. He has been featured in HGTV's "Modern Masters" and in such prominent publications as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. He has also been featured in publications of interest to collectors and artists. A partial list includes:

Books

“The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilt Techniques, Linda Seward, Sixth&Spring, New York. 2014
“A Celebration of the Basket makers Art, 500 Baskets”, Lark Books, 2006
“ 500, Bracelets, An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs, Marthe Le Van, Lark Books, 2005
“The Artful Home”, Louis Sagar, Guild Publishing 2003
“Baskets:Tradition and Beyond”, Leier,Peters,&Wallace, Guild Publishing, 2000
“Color on Metal”, McCreight and Bsulak, Guild Publishing, 2000
“Baskets-A Book for Makers and Collectors” Billie Ruth Sudduth, Hand Books Press, 1999
“Textile Techniques in Metal” Arline Fisch, Altamont Press, 1996
“Interlacing” Jack Lenor Larson, Kodansha 1986
 “American Crafts-A source Book for the Home” Katherine Pearson 1983

Television

  "Modern Masters" HGTV October 2003, September 2004

Periodicals

“A convergence of beauty”, Stephanie Shapiro, The Sun, Baltimore, Md., February, 2003
“Smithsonian Craft”, Lori Sears, The Sun, Baltimore Md., April 2002
“In Baltimore,25 years of Master Crafts”, Ann Groer, Washington Post, February 22, 2001
“ACC Craft, apex for artists”, Karin Remesch, The Sun, Baltimore Md., February, 2001
“Evanston Exhibition”, Chicago Tribune”, Chicago Il., August, 1999
“Starving artist is an image long gone”, Anne Haddad, The Sun, Baltimore Md., March 1996
“Boxes”, The Taos News, Taos, NM., June, 1996
“Woven metal at Worth”, The Taos News, Taos NM, June 1994
“On the home front”, The Sun, Baltimore, Md.,November 1992


Teaching and Lecturing

David Paul Bacharach devotes a good part of his time to teaching a new generation of artists his unique metal weaving techniques. He is regularly invited to teach at schools with tradition in metalsmithing.

  Instructor - Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN
  Artist in Residence - Art Park, Lewiston, NY
  Instructor - Peter's Valley Craft School, Layton, NJ
  lnstructor - Maryland lnstitute College of Art, Metals Department, Baltimore, MD
  lnstructor - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  Instructor - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME


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The result of my technique is that I always wind up with something different from the one before. I push and pull, and sometimes a piece really sings. When that happens, I rarely feel like I’m the person responsible, even if I am the one who made it. What makes it good? It’s in the piece itself.

David Paul Bacharach