The simplified forms and emotional ambivalence of Pop Art seep through in Donald Baechler’s work. Thick, black outlines frame Baechler’s carefully selected imagery that ranges from cartoon-like figures to ordinary objects like candy and flowers. Set on intricate backgrounds of fabric collage and pastel-colored acrylic paint, Baechler often furnishes his objects with a white halo that gives them a child-like cutout quality and makes them seem to float off the canvas. The rose is a recurring theme. Inspiration of poets and painters for centuries, under Baechler the queen of flowers adopts Donald Judd’s literalism which claims that instead of ‘a rose is a rose is a rose’, it really is just a beautiful flower. At Cheim & Read through December 23.