John Baldessari

Artist Profile John Baldessari

In the late 1960s, John Baldessari began combining Pop Art's use of imagery from mass media with Conceptual Art's use of language. Early in his career, Baldessari incorporated images and texts in his photo-based art. By appropriating photographs from advertising and movie stills, he went on to juxtapose, edit, and crop them in conjunction with written texts. The layered, often humorous compositions, where colored dots mask figures, carry disparate connotations, underscoring how relative meaning can be.

Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.