John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective
10 x 12 inches
140 color plates
Publisher: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco-Legion of Honor/Jordan Schnitzer Family (2010)
The first full survey of John Baldessari’s 40-year printmaking career, this collection includes 140 color plates alongside testimonials from the artist’s main collaborators and friends. Included within is Baldessari’s influential 1970s Raw Prints series, in which the artist altered photos of Santa Monica mallgoers by placing abstracted shapes over their faces, creating a bold sense of estrangement from normalcy.
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.