The American artist John Baldessari has been considered since the 1960s as one of the most outstanding and versatile conceptual artists, which explores media as diverse as painting, drawing, photography, and video.
As a teacher in the California Institute of the Arts, has influenced generations of artists and is revered as the father of picture generation, a group of artists known as David Salle, James Welling, Matt Mullican, Troy Brauntuch and many others.
John was born in 1931 in National City, California and died in 2020 in Los Angeles California.
Initially trained as a painter, Baldessari began to experiment with text and photography and incorporated them into his work in the mid-1960s, evolving his practice during the 1970s into printmaking, film, books, sculpture, and art. installation.
He developed a body of work that demonstrated and revealed the narrative potential of images and their associative power with the text and language.
Considered one of the founders of conceptual art, Baldessari was a hugely innovative force in the contemporary art.
His use of the appropriation, erasure, alteration and montage to interrupt a narrative or construct entirely new meaning from recombined fragments it has been used in disparate ways in different works throughout his career.
In his work, Baldessari often questions the relationship between text and image by juxtaposing the medium of the written word with that of the visual image. In doing so, he contrasts two different means of communication and explores the complex relationship between two fundamental forms of human expression.
The combination of text and image within a work makes new statements, opening up a whole new range of connotations, associations and innovative approaches that inspire different ways of thinking.
Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 300 solo shows and more than 1000 group shows in the United States y Europe.
His projects include one-of-a-kind works, prints, artist books, videos, films, billboards, and public works. Her awards and honors include the 2014 National Medal of Arts, an award from the International Printing Center of NY in 2016, memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.