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Market Thrives for Kerry James Marshall

June 19th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRThe Art Newspaper looks at the thriving popularity of the work of Kerry James Marshall, after a record-breaking auction price drove new interest in his work, and a rampant demand for pieces, including those about to go on view at a show at David Zwirner’s London location. “We might not even keep a waiting list for the exhibition,” Zwirner says. “It’s going to be very hard to get a painting from that show, that’s for sure.”
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Theaster Gates Asks Collectors: “Support Artists That Live in Your Cities”

June 19th, 2018

Theaster Gates, via The GuardianTheaster Gates made a statement on supporting young artists in remarks last night at a party in Basel, asking collectors to support young artists making and selling their work. “You guys, I know that I’m the byproduct of people saying yes when they didn’t know me, saying yes at my potential and the possibility of the thing,” he said. “Throwing small dinners with me with five people that has turned into dinners for 200. I’m just grateful.”
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Art Newspaper Looks at Costs and Rewards of Major Art Prizes

June 19th, 2018

Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz is congratulated by friends and family after hearing that she has won the Turner Prize 2010, at the Tate Britain gallery, in central LondonA piece in Art Newspaper this week asks if arts awards really carry many of the benefits for winners that they claim, looking at a range of examples including a recent protest by a group of artists nominated for Germany’s Berlin Nationalgalerie Prize. “There is an unspoken assumption that the participants are likely to be remunerated by the market as a result of being nominated for or winning the prize,” the artists nominated for this prize said in an open statement. “We know that this is not always the case. The logic of artists working for exposure feeds directly into the normalization of the unregulated pay structures ubiquitous in the art field.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

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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