John Baldessari, ‘Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing: Example 6’, 2012, Print, Mixografia® print on handmade paper, Venice Art Walk Benefit Auction
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John Baldessari

Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing: Example 6, 2012

Mixografia® print on handmade paper
30 × 43 1/2 in
76.2 × 110.5 cm
Edition of 60 + 7AP
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Venice Art Walk Benefit Auction

HC 6/7

Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing is a series of six prints by John Baldessari made in …

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Courtesy of Mixografia
John Baldessari
American, 1931–2020
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It is hard to characterize John Baldessari's varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his approach of good-humored irreverence. Baldessari is commonly associated with Conceptual or Minimalist art, though he has called this characterization “a little bit boring.” His two-dimensional works often incorporate found images, composed in layers or presented as distinct pieces with an element of surprise, like a brightly colored geometric shape in the place of a face or a starkly printed sardonic caption. Baldessari has demonstrated a lasting interest in language and semantics, articulating these concerns through the use of puns or the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images and words, as in his 1978 work Blasted Allegories. His self-referencing photomontages and use of text have been sources of inspiration for countless artists, including Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Barbara Kruger. Baldessari identifies his own artistic lineage, saying, "I would prefer to go to the source with Duchamp rather than credit Warhol as an influence."

John Baldessari, ‘Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing: Example 6’, 2012, Print, Mixografia® print on handmade paper, Venice Art Walk Benefit Auction
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HC 6/7

Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing is a series of six prints by John Baldessari made in collaboration with Mixografia in 2012. Baldessari extracts the foreground subjects of archival photographs and distills them down to their contoured outlines. Baldessari defies the conventions of composition by removing the …

Medium
Signature
Signed, verso
Image rights
Courtesy of Mixografia
John Baldessari
American, 1931–2020
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It is hard to characterize John Baldessari's varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his approach of good-humored irreverence. Baldessari is commonly associated with Conceptual or Minimalist art, though he has called this characterization “a little bit boring.” His two-dimensional works often incorporate found images, composed in layers or presented as distinct pieces with an element of surprise, like a brightly colored geometric shape in the place of a face or a starkly printed sardonic caption. Baldessari has demonstrated a lasting interest in language and semantics, articulating these concerns through the use of puns or the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images and words, as in his 1978 work Blasted Allegories. His self-referencing photomontages and use of text have been sources of inspiration for countless artists, including Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Barbara Kruger. Baldessari identifies his own artistic lineage, saying, "I would prefer to go to the source with Duchamp rather than credit Warhol as an influence."

John Baldessari

Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing: Example 6, 2012

Mixografia® print on handmade paper
30 × 43 1/2 in
76.2 × 110.5 cm
Edition of 60 + 7AP
.
Bidding closed
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