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John Baldessari
Wrong
1966-68
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
© 2009 John Baldessari
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THE BORING AND
THE BEAUTIFUL

by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp



At last: We can now know for certain that John Baldessari has not made any boring art. The assignment given to students of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1971, to write repeatedly on the gallery walls the phrase, "I will not make any more boring art," has become Baldessari’s signature statement. It was hung as a banner in Venice last summer when he won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Biennale.

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