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John Anthony Baldessari (California, 1931) is among the early pioneers of art made using found photography and appropriated images. His contributions to the field of pop art have been central to the genre’s formation. Having started as a painter, Baldessari grew to incorporate various media such as sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, film, and installation into his practice. His field of work serves as a tongue-in-cheek note on the associative power of language (as it is constrained within a work of art) and the potential of images as self-sustaining narrative. Baldessari's original artwork has been featured in over 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.
“"I could never figure out why photography and art had separate historia. So I decided to explore both." ”
Baldessari's art has been featured in over 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.
Baldessari earned his M.A. at San Diego State College, California.
Among the numerous awards received throughout his career, Baldessari is the recipient of the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement award, 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.