John Baldessari. A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples, 1971-2007
Sharon Coplan Horowitz
Hudson Hills, New York, 2010
John Baldessari, conceptual artist and teacher, has lived and worked in California all his life. Considered a pioneer of postmodern ideas in the 1970s, he came to prominence with his early text paintings and moved on to photographic images paired with text. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards, and public works.
He has maintained his interest in the relationship of words and imagery, of delighting in the absurd, and pointing out the irony in contemporary art theory for more than 35 years. Baldessari has been active as a printmaker since 1970; John Baldessari, A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971–2007 marks the first comprehensive accounting of this tremendous body of work and the influence this artist has had on the international art world.