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John Baldessari (American, b.1931)
LOT ID: 72472
I saw it, 1997

Photolithograph, Lithograph
44.1 х 36.5 in. (112.01 x 92.71 cm.)
Signed, Signed and dated on front bottom right corner.
Says 26/100 on the front bottom left corner.
Edition 26/100 plus 20 artist proofs
Lot description
With his work featured in over 200 solo exhibitions and over 1000 group exhibitions across the United States and Europe, Baldessari’s artwork changes the way viewers’ typical look at art. His methods attract the viewer to minor details, absences or spaces which would typically be ignored.

John Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931. He received a BA (1953) and MA (1957) from San Diego State College, continuing his studies at Otis Art Institute (1957–59) and Chouinard Art Institute. Synthesizing photomontage, painting, and language, Baldessari's deadpan visual juxtapositions equate images with words and illuminate, confound, and challenge meaning. He upends commonly held expectations of how images function, often by drawing the viewer's attention to minor details, absences, or the spaces between things. By placing colorful dots over faces, obscuring portions of scenes, or juxtaposing stock photographs with quixotic phrases, he injects humor and dissonance into vernacular imagery. For most of his career John Baldessari has also been a teacher. While some of the strategies he deploys in his work—experimentation, rule-based systems, and working within and against arbitrarily imposed limits to find new solutions to problems—share similarities with pedagogical methods, they are also intrinsic to his particular world view and philosophy. Baldessari has received several honorary doctorates, the most recent from the National University of Ireland, Burren College of Art (2006). He has participated in Documenta (1982, 1978); the Venice Biennale (2003, 1997); and seven Whitney Biennials, most recently in 2008. His work has been shown in more than 120 solo exhibitions and 300 group exhibitions. A major retrospective will appear at the Tate Modern, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009–10. John Baldessari was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007. He lives and works in Santa Monica, California.[pbs]
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