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John Baldessari (American, b.1931)
LOT ID: 74201
Two Trucks/Two Decisions, 1996

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
11 х 19 in. (27.94 x 48.26 cm.)
Signed, and numbered 74/120 in ink on recto.
Edition 74/120; Limited Edition of 100 copies, 20 proofs
Foundry/Publisher Texte Zur Kunst
Lot description
Paper size: 11 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches, with no margins
Published by Texte Zur Kunst, Germany 1996

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 images from a variety of sources, including advertising and film, transforming them into works that are ironic investigations into perception, meaning and interpretation. Baldessari often employs a painterly style 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 Postmodern 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.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Migros Museum (Zurich, CH)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
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