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John Baldessari
Bruggen, Coosje van.
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Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 1990.
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art ... Los Angeles, California [and other museums]"--T.p. verso.

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N6537.B17 B78 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Juxtaposing images from popular culture and mundane reality, conceptual artist Baldessari turns the vernacular of mass perception back on itself, jolting viewers out of programmed ways of seeing. An artist with a keen sense of humor and an instinctive feel for the absurdity of much of modern culture, he creates open-ended messages, clues for the spectator to decipher. Wedding 375 plates to a perceptive essay that tracks the Southern Californian's ever-shifting modes, this monograph--a tie-in with a touring retrospective--explores Baldessari's imagist ``mind games'' of the 1960s and '70s, text-and-image parables, composite photoworks blending newsreel-like reportage with fabrication, collages and installations. Van Bruggen ( Bruce Nauman ) illuminates how Baldessari wrests poetry, meaning and hope from alchemical fusions of movie stills, words, billboard posters, ads, old photographs and art-historical references. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Contemporary art aficionados will appreciate Conceptualist John Baldessari's jarring juxtapositions of imagery drawn from popular culture, including photographs and texts appropriated from advertising, magazine articles, television, and film. This broad selection of his work, here presented in 375 photographs, challenges viewers to confront the idiosyncracies and banal details of modern American life. This book, the first full-scale monograph on Baldessari and catalog for an exhibition that will be shown at six U.S. and Canadian venues through 1992, offers a lucid account of his development over the last three decades and a discussion of the narrative and psychological themes in his work. Van Bruggen, an independent curator and wife of Pop artist Claes Oldenberg, is also the author of Bruce Nauman (Rizzoli, 1989).-- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Serving as the catalog for a spring 1990 exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Coosje van Bruggen's three essays and supportive material represent the first full-scale monograph on the iconoclastic American artist John Baldessari (b. 1931). Artist and art historian Bruggen, author of the critically acclaimed Bruce Nauman (1989) as well as of articles in Artforum on Gerhard Richter, Claes Oldenburg, and Frank Gehry, among others, thoughtfully discusses, in more than 200 pages of provocative text, the 91 works in the exhibition (21 of which will not travel to all other venues) as well as others. In addition, the book has some 600 images (nearly half in color). Familiar with Baldessari's work since 1972 and with his pedagogical career in California, Bruggen deftly and insightfully presents lucid discussions of Baldessari as an important postmodernist artist who, since the late 1960s, has emphasized idea and concept in his artistic expression, where language as visual content and photography as visual transmitter play central roles. Complemented by an extensive, triple-columned "Exhibition History" and bibliography as well as a four-page "Checklist," this is the finest study to date on this important artist. Well produced and reasonably priced, it should appeal to all academic and museum collections emphasizing contemporary and modern art. -J. Weidman, Oberlin College