Monday, March 30, 2015

John Baldessari - what makes him one of the most important artists working today?

John Baldessari - Noses & Ears, Etc: Couple and Man with Gun, 2007

A piece on this mornings Artspace mailing opens up the subject of John Baldessari's practice and his unforgivingly humorous art.

Today, Baldessari is considered one of the fathers of Conceptual art—not only for the influence of his art, but also for his four decades as a leading instructor at CalArts and UCLA—and he remains one of the most well-respected artists alive. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2009. His 2010 retrospective organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art traveled to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was the first contemporary artist to have his own iPhone app. There’s even been a short documentary made about him that was narrated by Tom Waits. 

You can read the full article HERE.

John Baldessari - Man, Dog (Blue), Canoe/Shark Fins (One Yellow), Capsized Boat, 2002

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