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RAW Editions
London

Loose as issued within the original blue letterpress paper folio with die-cut window opening and blue clothbound presentation box with gold lettering
One of 500 publisher’s reserved sets aside from the edition of 2000

Portfolio: 27.0 x 34.0 x 2.2 cm (10.6 x 13.4 x 0.9 in)

Medium
Condition
In excellent condition.
Signature
Signed by the publishers and numbered on the justification
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Giampaolo Prearo Editore and Galleria Toselli, Milan

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."

High auction record
$4.4m, Christie's, 2007
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions
2021
John Baldessari: Selected WorksGemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl
2020
JOHN BALDESSARI: 30 Years at Gemini G.E.L.Gemini G.E.L.
2016
L'image voléeFondazione Prada
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Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts), 1973

Complete set of twelve offset lithographs in colours, on coated stock paper
9 1/2 × 12 7/10 in
24.2 × 32.3 cm
Edition of 2000
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£12,000
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RE
RAW Editions
London

Loose as issued within the original blue letterpress paper folio with die-cut window opening and …

Medium
Condition
In excellent condition.
Signature
Signed by the publishers and numbered on the justification
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Giampaolo Prearo Editore and Galleria Toselli, Milan

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."

High auction record
$4.4m, Christie's, 2007
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions (3)
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