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John Baldessari (American, b.1931)
LOT ID: 70799
1984 Olympics Poster, 1984

Offset lithograph
36 х 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, by hand, lower right
Print/Casting Year 1984
Edition 750
Foundry/Publisher Knapp Communications Corporation
Lot description
This is one of the 15 Official Fine Art Olympic posters created and signed by John Baldesarri to commemorate the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles California from July 28 through August 12, 1984.

From a limited edition, signed with Certificate, and on Parson Diploma Parchment, this work is in excellent condition, kept in a original linen hard cover portfolio for 25 years.

Since 1973, John Baldessari (B. 1931, National City, CA) has used photography as a way to create conceptual compositions that explore relationships between images and language, often rendering them with an absurdist sense of humor. He appropriates his imagery from a variety of sources, including advertising and film, transforming them into works that are ironic investigations into perception, meaning and interpretation. Baldessari applies a painterly element to remind the viewer that the hand of the artist is not only in the ordering of the images, but to hybridize the photographic process. From his photo-text canvases and obscuring of faces, to his composite photo collages and installations, Baldessari has significantly contributed to the definition and evolution of Post-Modern art. The artist has won various awards over the course of his career including the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award from the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale in 2009 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts in 2005, among numerous others.

Select Public Collections:
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
Migros Museum (Zurich, CH)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
1984 Olympics Poster by John Baldessari
  • 1984 Olympics Poster by John Baldessari
  • 1984 Olympics Poster by John Baldessari
  • 1984 Olympics Poster by John Baldessari
  • 1984 Olympics Poster by John Baldessari
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