Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Art School: John Baldessari

"I will not make any more boring art." John Baldessari
First, a short film:
 A Brief History of John Baldessari ( This was commissioned in 2012 by LACMA for their first annual "Art + Film Gala," directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman of Supermarch√©. It is narrated by gravel man himself Tom Waits  and it's about Baldessari, who is a major figure in conceptual art in addition to being very tall and having a pretty white beard. 

Second a video interview:
"Studio Visit" Just Baldessari explaining his work in an interview. If you're looking for the shortest path to an explanation of his work, this is it, pal:

Extra Credit:
Wikipedia on John Baldessari (

Check out Artsy's John Baldessari page for images of more than 260 of Baldessari's works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Baldessari exhibition listings.

1 comment:

Don said...

That was very cool documentary. The visuals were well cut, told a story, and had a snappy pace. (I am a snappy pace critic). And, Tom Waits was not only the narrator but somewhat of a neighbor in some tiny town in California near the Mexican border.