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John Baldessari
Pure Beauty
© 2009 John Baldessari
Photo by Tim Nighswander/Imaging 4
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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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