John Baldessari was a major American artist known for conceptual appropriation and rearrangements of found imagery. The artist often juxtaposes images culled from film stills or stock photos in ways that can at times verge on a sculptural scale. Baldessari's most iconic device is the application of color circles over the faces of figures in photographs—negating ideas of identity, intention and hierarchy.
John Baldessari (1931-2020) received both a BA and an MA from San Diego State College in California. The artist also studied at: the University of California at Berkeley; the University of California at Los Angeles; the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles; and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles; all in California. Starting in the 1960s, Baldessari was a central pillar of the California art scene.
Solo exhibitions of Baldessari's work have taken place internationally, including at: the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany; Marian Goodman Gallery in London, England; Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, France; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Tate Modern in London, UK; the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown the artist's work have taken place at: the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Saatchi Gallery in London, UK; and MoMA in New York City; among others.
Baldessari was the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988.