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John Baldessari (American, b.1931)
LOT ID: 79584
Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels), 2007

Lithograph, Embossing, Debossing and Metal Die-cut
22.5 х 33.5 in. (57.15 x 85.09 cm.)
Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil, lower margin
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition of 50
Lot description
Image measures 22.5 x 33.5 inches (57.1 x 85.1 cm). Framed size is 30 1/2 x 41 3/4 inches (77.5 x 106 cm).

This is an original two-panel lithograph with embossing, debossing, and metal die-cut by John Baldessari. The piece is hand-signed, numbered, and dated in pencil by the artist, and is from an edition of 50 on Somerset paper. The art is framed in a contemporary matte black gessoed frame, recessed and floated on oyster linen matting. Both the artwork and the frame are in mint condition. All framing materials used are of museum quality and are 100% acid-free, including UV-protective Plexiglas.

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, and transforms 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 lies not only in the ordering of the images, but in the act of hybridizing 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 postmodern art. The artist has won various awards over the course of his career, including the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award from the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts in 2005, among numerous others.

Selected Public Collections:
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
  • Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
  • Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
  • Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
  • Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
  • Noses & Ears, Etc.: Couple and Man with Gun (2 panels) by John Baldessari
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