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John Baldessari
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John Baldessari in 2004
John Anthony Baldessari

(1931-06-17)June 17, 1931
Died January 3, 2020(2020-01-03) (aged 88)
Nationality American
Education San Diego State University, Otis College of Art and Design, Chouinard Art Institute, University of California at Berkeley
Known for Painting, conceptual art
Notable work
Everything is Purged... (1966–68), Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell (1966–68), Bloody Sundae (1987), Frames and Ribbon (1988), Noses & Ears, Etc.: Blood, Fist, And Head (With Nose And Ear) (2006)
Style Contemporary Art
Spouse(s) Carol Ann Wixom (1960–1984)
Awards 2014 National Medal of Arts Award, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia

John Anthony Baldessari (June 17, 1931 – January 2, 2020) was an American conceptual artist. He was known for his work around found photography and appropriated images.

In 1970 he began working in printmaking and photography. He created thousands of works which showed the power of language. His art has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.

Other activities

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • California Institute of the Arts, Member of the Board of Overseers
  • Americans for the Arts, Member of the Artists Committee
  • Anhiel Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Member of the Jury
  • Lucelia Artist Award, Member of the Jury
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