John baldessari is one of the most influential american artists working today this long overdue retrospective will feature more than 150 works spanning the artists career from 1962 to the present day and include works on canvas photography videos and artists books. John baldessari pure beauty jessica morgan leslie jones on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a major figure in contemporary art john baldessari is widely considered one of the most influential artists to emerge since the mid 1960s from his early text and image paintings to his more recent photo collages and installations. In the late 1960s john baldessari was part of a group of west coast american conceptual artists whose work was characterised by a deadpan wit based in los angeles since he has become one of the most influential artists of his generation making his name as a pioneer of conceptual art in the 1960s . Overall john baldessari pure beauty was an extensive retrospective of a prolific artist the accompanying catalogue is worth noting for its insightful essays beautiful color reproductions and smaller more personal black and white snapshots walking through the exhibition one experienced the breadth and depth of baldessaris endeavors. Hide caption forty years after making this cartoonish depiction of a divine disembodied nose floating in a blue sky baldessari rediscovered it in an exhibition of his work in vienna it had an immediate impact on his current thinking
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