LACMA Presents Most Extensive Retrospective of John Baldessari to Date

Jun 23, 2010, 10:15 ET from Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LOS ANGELES, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, the most extensive retrospective to date of Los Angeles-based artist John Baldessari (b. 1931), on view June 27 to September 12, 2010. Organized by LACMA in association with Tate Modern, the exhibition will bring together more than 150 works and examine the principal concerns of Baldessari. LACMA's presentation will be the only West Coast showing and feature the greatest number of works of any venue on the show's major international tour.

With humor and irony, Baldessari dissects the ideas underlying artistic practice and questions the historically accepted rules of how to make art. The combination of photography, painting, and references to film has become one of the key elements in his work. Beginning with his little-known paintings from the early 1960s, the exhibition features the landmark photo and text works from 1966-68, photocompositions derived from film stills of the 1980s, irregularly shaped and over-painted works of the 1990s, as well as video and artist books. The show concludes with his most recent work, which includes a special multimedia installation conceived for the retrospective.

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty is curated by Leslie Jones, associate curator of prints and drawings, LACMA, and Jessica Morgan, curator of contemporary art, Tate Modern, and assisted by Kerryn Greenberg, assistant curator, Tate Modern. Following its showing at LACMA, Pure Beauty will conclude its tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (October 20, 2010–January 9, 2011).  

About Baldessari

John Baldessari was born in 1931 in National City, California. His work has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and over 900 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards, and public works.

Baldessari studied at San Diego State College, University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles, the Otis Art Institute, and the Chouinard Art Institute. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, and Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Baldessari currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.

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