John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonne of Prints & Multiples
9 x 12 inches
198 Color Plates
Publisher: Hudson Hills (2010)
The first definitive collection of postmodern pioneer John Baldessari’s work, this highly-anticipated volume features never-before published work from the artist’s 2009 to 2011 retrospective in addition to work from his more then 200 solo exhibitions and 900 group exhibitions. By pairing photographic images with text, Baldessari focused his work on the relationship between words and imagery, delighting in absurdity and pointing out the irony in contemporary theory. In a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, the artist worked in a variety of media, including videos, films, billboards and public works. This retrospective is a must for anyone who admires Baldessari’s groundbreaking work, as well as anyone who simply finds joy in irony and imagery.
Baldessari was born in 1931 in National City, California. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from San Diego State University, and also studied at U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Otis Art Institute and Chouinard Art Institute. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from San Diego State University in 2003, and in 2004 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986 and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, he was also awarded the Oscar Kokoschka Prize and the California Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. He has taught at Southwestern University, California; the University of California at San Diego; and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.