John Baldessari

1931 · United States

Artist biography

John Baldessari is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. John Baldessari was born in 1931. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein.

Galleries and Exhibitions

John Baldessari's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. Some of those galleries are Skarstedt Gallery | London and Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie Vedovi in Belgium. John Baldessari's work are currently exhibiting at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland with the exhibition (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020). John Baldessari's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; LX by Archeus / Post-Modern (10 March 2020 - 01 May 2020) at LX Arts in New York and What i saw: John Bladessari prints, 1976–2015 (08 February 2020 - 14 April 2020) at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles. John Baldessari's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Piracy (vol.2) and took place at Super Dakota in Brussels, Belgium from the 09 November 2017 to 15 December 2017.

John Baldessari in private collections

On Artland John Baldessari's works can be found in the following collection: Robert Mollers which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Imi Knoebel, Qafar Rzayev, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for John Baldessari

Born in 1931, John Baldessari was largely influenced by the 1950s. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

John Baldessari

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 28

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