JOHN BALDESSARI IS VISUAL ARTIST WHO LIVES AND WORKS IN CALIFORNIA. HE IS ONE OF THE RENEWAL INTERPRETERS IN A CONCEPTUAL KEY OF THE WEST COAST ART SCENE FROM THE FIRST HALF OF THE SIXTIES SINCE TODAY.
Prolific author of thousands of works that combine and associate storytelling with images in the language of art. The first important works were the paintings of empty canvas but written with phrases and questions from the theory of contemporary paintings. Passed this stage, he decided that the words should not have been written in his own hand, but decided to use the sign painters letters, formed by simple blacks characters.
Much of Baldessari’s work contains forms of precise directions for the observer, in which there are not only hints on what to watch, but how to make selections and comparisons, often simply for the sake of it. With texts, photographs and audio-visual media draws on popular culture through which explores the meaning and symbolism of cultural signs in our daily lives. Baldessari’s art also an ironic key in which language has always been a priority, and the viewer is like in an deconstructive art world. Opposed to the typical rules of conceptual art, the irony and parody are the ingredients that form the basis of his works. His art is the result of the flirtation between Dadaism and Surrealism. In his artistic work puts into question our popular culture and the practice of painting through a set of different languages in a mix of narrative associations full of meaning. His works were represented, both in the US and in Europe, in more than 200 exhibitions.