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June 6, 2012 | By Christopher Knight
John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume One: 1956-1974, Yale University Press 472 p., 500 color illustrations, $200 For the cover of the first of four planned volumes cataloging the entire output of hugely influential Conceptual artist John Baldessari, designer Simon Johnston came up with an illuminating solution. Much of Baldessari's work is a mash-up of the visual and the verbal, marked by a double-take sensibility and a fill-in-the-blank demand for viewer participation.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Capping 12 months that moved from a potential loss of independence to a chance at a fresh start under new museum director Philippe Vergne, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced the return Tuesday of trustees John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, prominent Los Angeles artists who had resigned from its board in 2012 as MOCA fell into upheaval, uncertainty and financial drift. Kathi Cypres and Steven F. Roth, who left the board more quietly in 2012, are also back as trustees, MOCA announced.
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June 24, 2010
John Baldessari, one of the formidable art figures of the last half century — and certainly one of the key factors in the formulation of Los Angeles as an art hub — will get his due with the most extensive retrospective of his work to date. "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty" is composed of more than 150 career-spanning works from 1962 to the present and includes all manner of the pioneering conceptual artist's photo compositions, videos, artist's books and works on canvas.
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March 18, 2014 | By Kelly Scott
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that three of the four artists who resigned from the museum's board in July 2012 over concerns about the direction of the institution will rejoin it. John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie will resume their positions as "artist trustees" on the MOCA board. Ed Ruscha, a former trustee who also resigned, will not return; he joined the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in August. Instead, Mark Grotjahn will become the fourth artist on MOCA's board.
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September 10, 2012 | By David Ng
The reelection campaign for President Barack Obama is getting a modest boost from some major names in the art world -- John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Claes Odenburg, Chris Burden and Frank Gehry. "Artists for Obama" is a portfolio of limited edition prints and other works that will be sold to benefit the president's campaign. Nineteen artists contributed works to the portfolio, which was created in collaboration with Gemini G.E.L., a Los Angeles art workshop and print studio.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Artist John Baldessari has had a long association with the California Institute of the Arts, where he was a professor of art for nearly two decades. On Friday, the school announced  that it is naming a new art studio building on campus in honor of the 82-year-old artist. The John Baldessari Art Studio Building, which has already opened, cost $3.1 million to build and features approximately 7,000 square feet of space -- much of it used as studio space for art students and faculty.
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June 11, 2001
It's a still life--that is, until you move it. That's the unusual nature of L.A. artist John Baldessari's first digital online project: "Still Life: Choosing and Arranging," inaugurating the Museum of Contemporary Art's new digital gallery, which launches today at http://www.moca.org.
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August 7, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
In what can only be seen as a gentle jab at internationally acclaimed artist John Baldessari, who set off a wave of protest against the new pop-culture direction being taken by the Museum of Contemporary Art when he resigned from its board of trustees last month, MOCA has now scheduled a day-long pop music event inspired by a famous Baldessari video. MOCA's "Songs on Conceptual Art," announced Tuesday, is billed as "a one-day concert and accompanying album by a collection of innovative musicians and artists inspired by John Baldessari's video of the artist crooning Sol LeWitt's landmark list of 35 'Sentences on Conceptual Art.'" LeWitt, known as an "artist's artist" who was instrumental in establishing Minimal and Conceptual art, died in 2007 at 78. The free album, funded last spring by an online appeal on Kickstarter , was a graduate school project by Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom, art students in Portland, Ore. LeWitt's 1969 text was first published in small American and British art journals but quickly became influential among a new generation of young artists in the 1970s.
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January 8, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Bored kids in the back seat of the car aren't the only ones trying to spot a particular type of vehicle on the road. Contemporary art fans can also play a  game: trying to find the L.A. city buses made over by artist John Baldessari. Twelve metro buses that go into service this week have been redesigned to look like traditional yellow school buses, with one side bearing Baldessari's saying “Learn to dream” while the other says the phrase in Spanish, “Aprende a soñar.” Last year, artist Barbara Kruger wrapped buses with questions and slogans such as “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” The point of this project is to “start a conversation about the role of arts education and give artists a platform to address this issue,” says ForYourArt founder Bettina Korek, who produced the work as part of the larger Arts Matter campaign by the nonprofit Los Angeles Fund for Public Education.
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June 20, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It's not surprising to find industry talent among John Baldessari's former students, along with various sculptors, painters, photographers, conceptual artists and installation artists. Some artist-teachers are famous for inspiring students who advance their own medium, like Bernd and Hilla Becher and the Dusseldorf photographers who followed them. Baldessari, who tends to mix mediums, is the opposite. For this reason, it would be extremely difficult to identify any "school" of Baldessari.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
With a historical survey focusing on “institutional critique” up at the Hammer Museum right now, it's only fitting some real-time critiques should happen elsewhere around town. Like Andrea Fraser and Fred Wilson, Austrian German artist Maria Anwander trains her eye on the structures that underlie the museum system. Although her exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary comes across as a bit bloodless, it benefits from being right across the street from her prime target: LACMA. A banner hanging outside the gallery mimics official LACMA banners perfectly.
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March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- After a big night for his Saint Laurent brand at the Academy Awards, dressing host Ellen DeGeneres in three elegant riffs on le smoking, and supporting-actor winner and dude-style icon Jared Leto in a white tuxedo, Los Angeles-based designer Hedi Slimane staged his best Saint Laurent collection yet at Paris Fashion Week. The clothes were crackling with teenage spunk, even if the show did make me feel like the uncool girl at the party. Slimane's shows are more like happenings, taking place in venues as dimly lit as underground clubs, with dubious fire exits and movable set pieces (this season, arm gates stretched across the runway, raising and lowering like industrialized velvet ropes)
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November 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Artist John Baldessari has had a long association with the California Institute of the Arts, where he was a professor of art for nearly two decades. On Friday, the school announced  that it is naming a new art studio building on campus in honor of the 82-year-old artist. The John Baldessari Art Studio Building, which has already opened, cost $3.1 million to build and features approximately 7,000 square feet of space -- much of it used as studio space for art students and faculty.
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October 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
There's a whole lot of L.A. talent fronting the Russian edition of Garage magazine's Fall/Winter 2013 issue, thanks to Rodarte's  Kate and Laura Mulleavy and artist John Baldessari, who collaborated on the cover. The cover image is reproduced from a collage that combines a black-and white photo of a classic Old Hollywood pose with an eye-catching blue, black and pink tie-dye pattern that sharp-eyed fashion folks may well recognize from Rodarte's Santa Cruz inspired Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection (a piece from that collection can be seen above right)
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June 28, 2013 | By David Pagel
“He took two pictures. One came out” is a nifty little exhibition that, like a time capsule, takes viewers back to the 1970s, when William Wegman was just getting started as an artist and had not yet become famous for staging funny pictures of Weimaraners, often making them look more human than we are. Nearly all of the small, comically captioned black-and-white photographs at Marc Selwyn Fine Art come from a cardboard box that Wegman packed...
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June 17, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
British artist David Hockney and filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be this year's honorees at the annual L.A. County Museum of Art's Art + Film Gala, the museum announced on Monday. The big-ticket event, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, is a fundraiser for the museum and gathers notable names from the art, music, fashion and film worlds. Now in its third year, the Art + Film Gala is co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow, who is married to Mr. Chow restaurateur Michael Chow.
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May 21, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The life, height and dozens of dots of John Baldessari are the subject of a six-minute video, aptly titled, "A Brief History of John Baldessari," which has been newly posted online. The video, narrated by singer Tom Waits (apparently at Baldessari's request, "he's got a great voice," the artist deadpans in the video), was commissioned by Los Angeles County Museum of Art for its  "Art + Film Gala" last year honoring Baldessari and Clint Eastwood. The short, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman ("Catfish")
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May 19, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
"William Wegman: He Took Two Pictures. One Came Out," an exhibition of the artist's text-based black-and-white photographs from the 1970s, is on view at Marc Selwyn Fine Art through July 6. So you have a new show of your old work. Yes, and it's new old work. The bulk of it is work that I came across relatively recently. I was going to move to New York temporarily from L.A., Santa Monica. I was there from '70 to '72 and a half. When I moved temporarily, I gave my studio to John Baldessari with the thought that I would come back.
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March 17, 2013
This is not a great painting. I would call it an illustration, and like Norman Rockwell images, it looks better in reproduction. But it's a great lesson of a painting. I've always felt that a word and image are of equal value, and that's certainly what this painting is about. I think about my own piece in the LACMA collection, "Wrong," also a balance of visual and verbal information. It's the image where I'm standing in front of the palm tree and there's just one word below: WRONG.
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