John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007
The first definitive study of print work of this prolific artist's career that has spanned nearly forty years. Highly anticipated by collectors and academics alike, this publication features recently completed work that has never been published to coincide with the retrospective of his work that will be shown internationally from 2009-2012.
John Baldessari, conceptual artist and influential longtime teacher, has lived and worked in California all his life. In the 1070's , he was considered a groundbreaker of postmodern ideas; he gained notice with his early text paintings - hand-painted phrases on canvas - and progressed to photographic images paired with text. He continues to be captivated by and absorbed in the relationship between words and imagery, often reveling in the absurd and highlighting the irony in contemporary art theory. The result? As author and print curator Wendy Weitman asserts in her introductory essay, "John Baldessari makes art that forces people to think. He presents the viewer with enigmatic compositions that suggest manifold interpretations but dictate none."
Baldessari has been an active, innovative, and prolific printmaker since 1970; this is the first catalog raisonné of his prints and multiples to be published. An inclusive, wide-reaching volume, John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples 1971-2007 is the definitive record of this major component of the artist's body of work, encompassing more than 35 years and featuring nearly 200 color plates.
2010; Hardcover, 520 pages, 198 color plates