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James Cohan Gallery Opens New Location in Lower East Side

July 31st, 2015

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Chelsea Gallery Wallspace Closing

July 31st, 2015

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Paul Allen Launches Seattle Art Fair

July 30th, 2015

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Ai Weiwei’s Travel to Britain Limited by Embassy Restrictions

July 30th, 2015

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Art in America and Art News Merging

July 30th, 2015

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Met Posts Highest Annual Attendance on Record

July 30th, 2015

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Artists in Oakland Protest Lawsuit Over Public

July 30th, 2015

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Katherine Bernhardt Installs Mural at Venus Over LA

July 30th, 2015

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NYC pledges $10 Million to Spaceworks

July 30th, 2015

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Full Strike Called for London’s National Gallery Staff this August

July 30th, 2015

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Icelandic Art Center Sues to Reopen Venice Mosque Installation

July 28th, 2015

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Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet Profiled in FT

July 27th, 2015

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Tate Modern Announces 2016 Exhibitions for Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Rauschenberg

July 27th, 2015

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Fate of SC State University Museum Collection Caught in Middle of Financial Dispute

July 27th, 2015

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Matthew Eck to Launch New Art Fair in Miami Beach this December

July 27th, 2015

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Miami Building Project Featuring Works by James Turrell and Richard Serra Delayed Indefinitely

July 26th, 2015

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R.I.P. Ingrid Sichy, International Editor of Condé Nast and Writer, 63

July 26th, 2015

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More Engravings Disappear from French National Library

July 24th, 2015

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Rikrit Tiravanija Opens First Commercial Kitchen

July 24th, 2015

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Ground Zero Arts Center Sees Funding Cut

July 24th, 2015

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More Dealers Allowing Collectors to Try Art Out Before Buying

July 23rd, 2015

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Documenta Curator Adam Szymczyk Interviewed on State of Greek Crisis and Its Ties to Event

July 23rd, 2015

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Paris Art Dealer Opens Sculpture Park in Côte d’Azur

July 23rd, 2015

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Michael Heizer’s “City” in Basin and Range Sits at Center of Debate Over Public Lands

July 23rd, 2015

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John Baldessari

John Baldessari
image via NYT
b. 1931
Lives and works in:
Santa Monica, CA
Represented by:

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris

Education includes:

San Diego State College BA
University of California at Berkley
San Diego State College MA
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles

Much of Baldessari’s work involves pointing- that is, telling the viewer not only what to look at but how to make selections and comparisons, often simply for the sake of doing so. Baldessari takes photographs and then obliterates essential information with playfully color fills, emphasizing the “filling in the blanks” activity that each individual observer participates in when formulating a judgment of an image.

Baldessari’s Commissioned Paintings series took the idea of pointing literally, after he read a criticism of conceptual art that claimed it was nothing more than pointing. Beginning with photos of a hand pointing at various objects, Baldessari then hired amateur yet technically adept artists to paint the pictures. He then added a caption “A painting by [painter’s name]” to each finished painting. In this instance, he has been likened to a choreographer, directing the action while having no direct hand in it, and these paintings are typically read as questioning the idea of artistic authorship. The amateur artists have been analogized to sign painters in this series, chosen for their pedestrian methods that were indifferent to what was being painted.

John Baldessari

Yves Saint Laurent Shirt, image via W Magazine

His signature works are vintage photographs, blown-up and cropped tightly with large colored blobs filling in or covering up important shapes within the photographs. Or perfect circles blotting out the faces in a snapshot that looks like it could be the photo of headline article.

Baldessari has been collected by many, everyone from the Rubell family to Kate Spade (see article in December 2006 World of Interiors) feature him as a mainstay in their contemporary collections. He has produced a prolific amount of pieces and has exhibited his work in over 120 solo shows worldwide.

Baldessari at Pepe Cobo Madrid Feb 1 – March 19 2008 [ArtObserved]

John Baldessari, Tiger

image via DB Art Mag

Stonehenge (With Two Persons), Mixografia via www.geocities.com/christophermulrooney

Stonehenge (With Two Persons), Mixografia

[image via www.geocities.com/christophermulrooney]

Domestic Smoke: Desire, Power, Colored Intervals, and Genie (with Two Boxed Asides) image via www.news.cornell.edu

Domestic Smoke: Desire, Power, Colored Intervals, and Genie

(with Two Boxed Asides) image via www.news.cornell.edu

Wikipedia Entry

Artist’s Homepage

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