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John Baldessari Engraving With Sound: Belch, 2015

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  • Medium

    Print : inkjet

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    14.5 x 12 inch

  • Support

    Print on fine art paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 25 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Nuernberg - Germany

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    John Baldessari (b. 1931 in National City, California) lives and works in southern California. One of the most influential American conceptualists, Baldessari is known for taking the associative powers of language and image to their limits – often through the wry restaging of familiar or highly mediagenic iconography, text, and forms. For this TzK anniversary edition, Baldessari has selected a work from his new series "Engraving with Sounds," in which, by copying old engravings and supplementing them with color, he transforms early modern drawings into a comic of sorts. In this piece, we see a whale that has been pulled to shore and placed on display. Given that the image, in the context of this journal, seems to wink at the famed “Bartleby pose,” it is only all the more humorous in light of the deadpan title which the artist has assigned it: "Belch.”

    Archival inkjet print, 36.8 x 30.5 cm, Edition of 25 + 15 A.P, signed and numbered on labels.
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John Baldessari

United States Born in: 1931 Famous artist

John Baldessari was an American conceptual artist. Born on 17 June 1931 in National City in California, he passed away at the beginning of January 2020 in Los Angeles. He was a leading figure of postmodernism, particularly that which utilised photography.

Between 1959 and 1968, he created two types of works: narrative paintings, with text painted on the canvas, and photographs with captions referring to history of art and art theory. In 1970 Baldessari burnt most of his earlier paintings in The Cremation Project, and baked their ashes into cookies. From 1980 he applied himself to creating paintings with a mixture of photographic images, concealing faces with coloured stickers and collages. He also worked in sculpture, printmaking, film, video and installation.

John Baldessari could be described as a visual poet, as his artistic approach brought additional meaning to literary expression and language's place within art, and his sensibility ties him closely to literature as well as art history. Through his collection of images of difficult moments which express human fragility, he wished to both shock the viewer and create magic.

He collected images from television, cinema, advertising and official images, but only used parts of them, which he would make negatives with to place in a frame. He explored different photographic formats by repurposing their formal use, like using panoramas for images taken vertically. 

Baldessari taught at the California Institute of the Arts from 1970-1988 and at UCLA from 1996-2007. He notably exhibited at the Paris Biennale in 1985, Documenta in 1972, and at the Venice Biennale in 2009, where he received a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement, for his entire body of work. In 2014, Baldessari received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

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John Baldessari, Engraving With Sound: Belch
John Baldessari, Engraving With Sound: Belch John Baldessari, Engraving With Sound: Belch