Americanist art historian and professor of art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N. J. Baigell graduated undergraduate from the University of Vermont in 1954 and received his M.A. from Columbia University in 1955. He married Renee Moses in 1959. His Ph.D. was awarded at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He served in the U.S. Air Force between 1955-57 as lieutenant. Between 1961-65 was an instructor at Ohio State University, advancing to assistant professor, 1965-67, and then associate professor of art, 1967-68. He joined the Art Department of Rutgers University in New Jersey as associate professor in 1968, promoted to professor in 1972. Since 1978 he has been Distinguished Professor of art. Baigell has written seventeen books on art. His latest work is Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia (coauthored with Renee Baigell). He is also the co editor (with Milly Heyd) of Complex Identities: Jewish Consciousness and Modern Art (both titles from Rutgers University Press). His students include Gail Levin.
[dissertation:] John Haviland. University of Pennsylvania, 1965; Edited and introduced by, and Williams, Julia. Artists Against War and Fascism: Papers of the First American Artists' Congress. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 1986; Albert Bierstadt. New York: Watson-Guptill, 1981; The American Scene: American Painting of the 1930's. New York: Praeger 1974; Artist and Identity in Twentieth-century America. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001; A Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture. New York: Harper & Row, 1984; Dictionary of American Art. New York: Harper & Row, 1979; Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University press, 1997; Jewish Artists in New York: the Holocaust Years. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002. Thomas Cole. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1981; The Western Art of Frederic Remington. New York: Ballantine Books, 1976; and Baigell, Renee. Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia: the First Decade. New Brunswick, NJ: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers University Press, 2001. Thomas Hart Benton. New York: Abrams,1974; and Heyd, Milly. Complex Identities: Jewish Consciousness and Modern Art. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press , 2001; and Borovsky, Alexander, and Manevich, Galina. Moscow: the Group. New York: NY: Neuhoff Gallery, 1995; Edited, and Baigell, Renee. Soviet Dissident Artists: Interviews after Perestroika. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 1995; Edited, and by Hurt, R. Douglas, and Dains, Mary K. Thomas Hart Benton: Artist, Writer, and Intellectual. Columbia, MO: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1989.
Rutgers University Press announcement, 1999.