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Baltimore Museum of Art Chairs Claim to Have Rescinded Gifts of $50 Million in Continuation of Deaccessioning Row

October 26th, 2020

Two former board chairmen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Charles Newhall III and Stiles Colwill,  claim to have rescinded planned gifts of $50 million over the museum’s decision to deaccession works from its collection, with the museum denying it had any knowledge of the pledged donation.  “While we appreciate that Charles Newhall is expressing that he had intended on making such a pledge, this was not negotiated or recorded with the museum,” Clair Zamoiski Segal, chairwoman of the board of trustees.


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Phillips to Sell $35 million David Hockney Landscape

October 26th, 2020

Phillips will sell a $35 million David Hockney landscape this winter, the 1980 work Nichols Canyon. Nichols Canyon is, without question, the most significant landscape by Hockney to ever appear at auction,” says Jean-Paul Engelen, Phillips’ deputy chairman and co-head of 20th century and contemporary art.
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Hammer Museum Quietly Opens Parts of Made in LA Biennial

October 26th, 2020

For the last two weeks, the Hammer Museum has quietly been putting up parts of its Made in LA Biennial, The LA Post reports.  “We were waiting for more of the projects to be installed before we invited people to experience them,” Hammer Museum representative Nancy Lee said. 
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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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