John Baldessari, ‘Prima Facie: Braggart (Maquette)’, 2005, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "PRIMA FACIE: BRAGGART (MAQUETTE) BALDESSARI 05" lower middle

Deurle, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, John Baldessari. The Prima Facie Series, September 17 - December 3, 2006, n.p. (illustrated)

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About John Baldessari

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."

American, b. 1931, National City, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
John Baldessari: Miró and Life In General, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
2016
John Baldessari: Pollock/Benton, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2016
John Baldessari: Madame Cezanne's Hairdos, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2016
Madame Cézanne's Hairdos, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
2016
L'image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
John Baldessari: Miró and Life In General, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
2016
John Baldessari: Pollock/Benton, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2016
John Baldessari: Madame Cezanne's Hairdos, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
2016
Madame Cézanne's Hairdos, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
2016
JOHN BALDESSARI – NEW WORKS, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
2016
L'image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2015
Front Row, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
2014
John Baldessari: The News, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
2014
John Baldessari: The News, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2015
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2014
14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler
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