John Baldessari

John Baldessari (born June 17, 1931, National City, California) is an American conceptual artist.

He has created thousands of works that demonstrate—and, in many cases, combine—the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language within the boundaries of the work of art. His art has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.

Baldessari has been quoted saying “If I saw the art around me that I liked, then I wouldn’t do art.” It feels like, to me, Baldessari is an artist through and through in the definition sense that he lives, breathes, and works art constantly.

In 1970, Baldessari burned all of his previous paintings in the creation of his next piece. While I do think there’s a great beauty to this, there’s also a sort of melodrama and pretentious arrogance to him that turns me away.

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