For more than 40 years, John Baldessari has been a mainstay of the Southern California art scene and a key contributor to national and international explorations of conceptual art in its many idioms, whether linguistic, performance-based, or photo and object-based.
An underlying theme in his art has been the questioning of perceptual experience – how we see, interpret, and understand the world around us – and how this experience can dislocate preconceived notions and challenge conventional thinking. His work has been aggressively multimedia, ranging from pure painting to printed and written word art, colorful collages and assemblages, recorded performances, and works that combine painting, photography, and sculpture.
Baldessari’s impressive achievements were recently honored by a retrospective at the Tate Modern. The exhibition, Pure Beauty, is currently on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Jordan Schnitzer has amassed the world’s largest repository of Baldessari’s prints and multiples. An initial selection of works from this collection was presented at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2009.